• 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 Amanda Laugesen
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2628 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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