• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts

This course will explore the responses of artists to war and conflict since the Renaissance up to the present with a particular focus on the modern period. It examines a diverse range of Australian and international works, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video, and considers their modes of presentation, dissemination, critical reception and impact. Ethical and social issues are discussed in depth, as are the relationships between commissioning organisations, artists and audiences. There is a strong focus throughout on object-based analysis with several classes being held at the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery and the National Library.

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. Describe the major artistic responses to war and conflict since the Renaissance.
  2. Describe the ethical and social issues raised by artists' involvement in or responses to war and conflict.
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the impact and affects of war and conflict imagery.
  4. Research and access information on art, war and conflict and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.
  5. Speak with confidence about ideas and issues relating to art, war and conflict. 

Indicative Assessment

For semester long course:

Oral presentation, 10 minutes, and paper of 1500 words, 30% (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)

Annotated bibliography, 1500 words,  20% (LO 1, 2, 3)

Research essay, 3000 words, 40% (LO 1, 2, 4)

Tutorial participation, 10% (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)


For intensive delivery:

Written exercise, 1500 words, 20%  (LO 4)

Oral presentation, 10 minutes, and paper of 1500 words, 30% (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)

Research essay, 3000 words, 40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Group participation, 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4,5)

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Semester long course:

One two hour lecture and a one hour tutorial per week, for 13 weeks, plus four graduate tutorials during the semester. Students are expected to undertake a further 87 hours of independent study during the semester.


Intensive mode :

The course is delivered across five days from 9am to 5pm, with a further 25 hours of preparatory leading and preparation and 70 hours of independent study.


Total 130 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2082.

Preliminary Reading

Ken Inglis, Sacred Places, War Memorials in the Australian Landscape, 2001

Susan Sontag, Regarding the pain of others, 2004

Anne Wilkes Tucker, War Photography Images of Armed Conflict, 2012

Lola Wilkins, Artists in action: from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, 2003

Geoffrey Batchen, ed., Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis, 2012

Betty Churcher, The Art of War, 2005

Pia Cunio (ed.) Artful Armies, Beautiful Battles: Art and Warfare in Early Modern Europe, 2002

Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory, 2000

Andrea Liss, Trespassing Through Shadows: Memory, Photography and the Holocaust, 1998

James Young, At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture, 2000


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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4862 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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