• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicholas Brown
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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The Second World War was the greatest conflict in history. An estimated 60 million men, women and children died in a war that engulfed the globe and shaped the world in which we live; it is the defining event in the history of the twentieth century. This comparative history course will focus on political, social and cultural aspects of World War Two. It will encompass the war in Europe, and the war in Asia and the Pacific. Topics and themes will include: Hitler and Japan's war aims; Blitzkrieg in Poland and France; the uses of propaganda; civilian mobilisation and total war; the effects of mass bombing; allied leadership, cooperation and division (Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin); civilians under Nazi occupation (collaboration and resistance); racial policies and genocide; wartime espionage; science at war; Japan's occupation of South East Asia; anti-colonialism and the war in Asia; planning for peace and the liberation of Europe; the decision to drop the atomic bomb.

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. Critical Analysis:  To be able to read primary and secondary sources critically, perceive bias and possible omission and to filter information relevant to the proposed discussion or essay.
  2. Argument Formation:  To be able to formulate an argument coherently and support it with primary and secondary evidence.
  3. Group Work:  To be able to put forward an opinion in a group and also to be able to contribute to the formulation of a group opinion.
  4. Writing Skills:  To write clearly and cogently on a given topic within a specified time and number of words. 
  5. Research:  To gain a familiarity with the historiography of the Second World War and an appreciation of the primary sources available for research.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%), one 1,000 word essay (15%), one 3,000 word case study essay (45%), one 2,000 word synoptic essay (30%).

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2 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour tutorial.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST2136.



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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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
In Person
9051 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A
9900 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online N/A

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