• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Strategic Studies, Heritage Studies

The meaning of Anzac has been debated since 1915, a subject of contention, as well as a site for the expression of consensual values in both Australia and New Zealand. The course will examine the origins, reputed decline, revival and reinvention of Anzac, including of Anzac Day itself, in the context of changing patterns of war commemoration and cultural memory. Topics to be explored include Anzac's connections to the history of popular culture, commerce, commemoration, government policy, pilgrimage, tourism, museums and heritage, political and media debate, historical writing and education. Students will be expected to analyse events, sources and debates connected with the centenary of the First World War.

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. explain the development of Anzac in its various manifestations
  2. recognise the contribution that memory studies can make to an understanding of the history of Anzac
  3. interpret a range of sources and cultural forms produced over the last century relevant to an historical appreciation of Anzac
  4. critically analyse recent claims about, and uses of, Anzac, thereby understanding their implications for an understanding of how war is remembered and represented
  5. evaluate the contribution that history and historians can make to informed public discussion
  6. design and create an ethnographic study of an Anzac event/ritual
  7. produce historically informed cultural analysis of the Anzac legend in structured prose.

Indicative Assessment

Documentary Analysis (20%) 1500 words [LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7]

Anzac Day event analysis (ethnography) (20%) 1500 words [LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7]

Reflective Essay (60%) 3500 words [LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7]

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One 2 hour lecture/workshop/screening and a 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST2236

Prescribed Texts

Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds et al., What's Wrong With Anzac?: The Militarisation of Australian History, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2010.

Preliminary Reading

James Brown, Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession, Black Inc., Collingwood, 2014

  • Mark McKenna and Stuart Ward, '"It was Really Moving, Mate": The Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism in Australia', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 38, No. 129, April 2007, pp. 141-51.
  • Bruce Scates, 'The First Casualty of War: A Reply to McKenna's and Ward's "Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism"', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 38, No. 130, October 2007, pp. 312-21.
  • Bart Ziino, 'We are talking about Gallipoli after all: contested narratives, contested ownership and the Gallipoli Peninsula', in Heritage of War, ed. Martin Gegner and Bart Ziino, Routledge, Abingdon, 2012, pp.142-159.
  • Jo Hawkins, ‘What better excuse for a real adventure’: History, Memory and Tourism on the Kokoda Track', Public History Review, Vol. 20, 2013, pp. 1-23.

Assumed Knowledge




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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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
4374 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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