- Code HIST4009
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest History
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand key aspects of the impact of war on culture,
and the role of culture in wartime.
- Analyse aspects of
the history of human conflict using historical methodology.
- Speak, argue, and write about key themes and concepts in
modern socio-cultural history.
- Design and execute a research project in modern
- Provide and respond to feedback in the process of identifying and formulating solutions to complex historical questions.
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
Prescribed TextsKey readings will be supplied through Wattle.
Preliminary ReadingGraham 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)
Completion of a cognate major
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