War and Australian Society

Description

This course will survey and evaluate the course and impact of war, from actual battlefield campaigns to the influence of war on people's day-to-day lives on the Australian homefront in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will also challenge many traditional views and myths concerning ANZAC, the Australian homefront, and the role of atomic weapons in Australian defence thinking. Major topics to be addressed within this overview include Gallipoli and World War One, World War Two, and the search for postwar security. Within this range of conflicts, aspects of the Australian experience of war to be addressed include political strategy, military fortunes, homefront divisions, the experience of soldiering, and memories and legends.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. display understanding of the history of war and society in Australia in the twentieth century;

2. display an ability to critically analyse primary and secondary documents in the war history field;

3. display an ability to critically analyse primary and secondary documents in the war history field;

4. be able to bring historical knowledge to bear upon the understanding of present-day issues associated with war, its memory, its experience and its aftermath as these have affected, and continue to affect, Australia.

Content

This course will survey and evaluate the course and impact of war, from actual battlefield campaigns to the influence of war on people's day-to-day lives on the Australian homefront, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will also challenge many traditional views and myths concerning ANZAC, the Australian homefront, and the role of atomic weapons in Australian defence thinking. Major topics to be addressed within this overview include Gallipoli and World War One, World War Two, and the search for postwar security. Within this range of conflicts, aspects of the Australian experience of war to be addressed include political strategy, military fortunes, homefront divisions, the experience of soldiering, and memories and legends.

Assumed Knowledge

10 units of History at 1000 level or equivalent

Assessment Items

Essay: Major Essay

Essay: Minor Essay

In Term Test: Examination: Class

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term