- Code HIST6136
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest History
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- 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.
- Argument Formation: To be able to formulate an argument coherently and support it with primary and secondary evidence.
- 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.
- Writing Skills: To write clearly and cogently on a given topic within a specified time and number of words.
- Research: To gain a familiarity with the historiography of the Second World War and an appreciation of the primary sources available for research.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial 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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9534||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|
|8719||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||Online||N/A|