• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amanda Laugesen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course considers aspects of war and culture through the twentieth century, with the primary focus being on Britain, the USA, and Australia in the First and Second World Wars. Aspects of culture in the context of wartime, as well as representations of war in historical memory and popular culture will be considered. Students will develop their own research project for the major piece of assessment, and they may look at other national experiences of war and/or develop comparative perspectives in seminars and/or their assignments. We will spend time thinking about how to work with a range of source material, including art, music and film.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand key aspects of the impact of war on culture, and the role of culture in wartime.
  2. Analyse  aspects of the history of human conflict using historical methodology.
  3. Speak, argue, and write about key themes and concepts in modern socio-cultural history.
  4. Design and execute a research project in modern socio-cultural history.
  5. Provide and respond to feedback in the process of identifying and formulating solutions to complex historical questions.

Indicative Assessment

Class Participation: (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5]

Source Exercise: 1500 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]

Research Essay Proposal: 1500 words (10%) [Learning Outcome 4]

Research Essay – draft version: 3500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

Research Essay – final version: 5000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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260 hours: 3 contact hours per week (1 x 2 hour reading seminar and 1 x 1 hour workshop) for 13 weeks. Students are expected to spend an additional 17 hours per week completing assigned readings, conducting research, and preparing for assessments.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts).

Prescribed Texts

Key readings will be supplied through Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Graham Seal, Inventing Anzac: the Digger and National Mythology (UQP, 2004)

A. Roshwald and R. Stites (eds), European Culture in the Great War: the Arts, Entertainment, and Propaganda, 1914-1918

George Robb, British Culture and the First World War (Palgrave, 2002)

Clayton R. Koppes, Hollywood Goes to War: how politics, profits and propaganda shaped World War II movies (University of California Press, 1990)

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5436
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $7752
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3993 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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