The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The First World War was a devastating conflict that transformed the lives of millions of people around the world and left a legacy of violence and conflict that continues to resonate today. This course takes advantage of the rich source base associated with the First World War to explore themes and concepts related to the prosecution, impact, representation and aftermath of the war from a global perspective. Major topics to be addressed include: the cultural representation of the war; captivity and prisoners of war; medicine and the treatment of psychological casualties; propaganda and recruitment; experiences of Indigenous and colonial troops; and, the repatriation and return of soldiers into civilian life.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical understanding of complex themes and topics in global First World War history;

2. Identify and evaluate issues and debates in international First World War literature;

3. Analyse primary sources from a variety of repositories (including digital);

4. Apply advanced communication skills appropriate to the evaluation of primary and secondary source material.


This course examines the experiences, impacts, and legacies of the First World War for individuals, families, communities and empires/nations.

Key themes/topics will be examined from the perspectives of multiple nations or regions and may include:

  • captivity and prisoners of war;
  • recruitment and conscription;
  • propaganda;
  • dissent and resistance;
  • disease, medicine, and psychological casualties;
  • grief and mourning;
  • women, men and gender roles;
  • work of humanitarian/aid organisations;
  • repatriation and return of soldiers;
  • the ramifications of peace treaties;
  • cultural representations (literature, art, film);
  • memory and commemoration.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of 20 units of History at 1000 level

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review (30%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

In Term Test: In-Term Test (30%)