• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Francis Bongiorno
    • Dr Kynan Gentry
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course examines Australia in the twentieth century and places Australia’s story in the broader context of political, social and cultural change over the twentieth century. While the primary focus will be the period 1914 to 1945, there will be a consideration of the Cold War and South-East Asian conflicts. It will include some consideration of key political movements and ideas in the twentieth century; the impact of war on society and culture; the causes and consequences of the twentieth century’s major conflicts; the development of the UN and peacekeeping; and responses to war, including anti-war philosophies and movements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the key features of Australian involvement in war through the 20th century, and place this history in its broader international context;
  2. Analyse and assess the impact of war on Australia’s development and history through the 20th century;
  3. Reflect on the role of war and conflict in shaping world history through the 20th century;
  4. Undertake historical research using primary and secondary sources and produce written pieces demonstrating historical analysis and argument;
  5. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of at least two selected topics within the course (as demonstrated in essay assessment pieces).


Indicative Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

Participation in on-line forums and exercises - 20% [LO 1, 2 and 3]

Essay # 1 - 40% - 2500 words [LO 2, 3, 4 and 5]

Essay # 2 - 40% - 2500 words [LO 2, 3, 4 and 5]

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Approximately 120 hours, including working through the learning package and e-readings, participating in online activities, and completing assessment.

An optional residential workshop (to consist of 2 days on ANU campus undertaking workshops, excursions and research) will be offered.

Prescribed Texts

A learning package / set of e-readings will be supplied at the beginning of the semester.

Students should also purchase Jeffrey Grey, A Military History of Australia (3rd edition, 2008). 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8409 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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