• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gareth Knapman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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The Second World War was the greatest conflict in history.  60 million men, women and children died in a war that engulfed the globe and shaped the world in which we live.  This course focuses on political, social and cultural aspects of the war in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  Themes include: Hitler and Japan’s war aims; Blitzkrieg in Poland and France; civilian mobilisation; the effects of mass bombing; civilians under Nazi occupation; racial policies and genocide; espionage; Japan's occupation of South East Asia; anti-colonialism and the war in Asia; 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. Understand the history of the Second World War, its origins, its course and its outcomes.

2. Understand the major controversies and moral debates surrounding the Second World War.

3. Understand the different models of interpretation that have been used to explain key aspects of the Second World War.

4. Critically analyse primary and secondary sources, identify bias and possible omission, and assess the relevance of information to the particular topic under discussion, using the basic skills of historical inquiry and historical analysis.

5. Apply evidence and theory, formulate arguments and express their views in both oral and written form.

Other Information

This course can be counted towards a Contemporary Europe, International Relations or History major and is a designated course for the BA (European Studies).

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

One 1,000 word essay (20%) [LO 2,3,4,5]

One 3,000 word case study essay (40%) [LO 2,3,4,5]

A two-hour closed book examination (30%) [LO 1,4,5]

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130 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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HSIT6136.

Preliminary Reading

Kitchen, M., World in Flames, Longman.
Beevor, A., Stalingrad, Penguin.




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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8570 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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