• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code WARS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The War Studies minor at the ANU introduces students to the causes, conduct and consequences of warfare. Founded on the study of history it embraces the insights offered by other fields including: political science, international relations, cultural and gender studies and law. Beyond traditional military history, it considers war’s complexity as a political, military, social, cultural, and ethical phenomenon with profound and diverse influences and effects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


1.      Explain the key theories, ideas, concepts and approaches to the study of war,

2.      Identify the causes, conduct, consequences, and ethics of war on states, societies and cultures,

3.      Explain the political, military, social, cultural, and ethical impacts of war in their regional and global contexts,

4.      Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about the causes, conduct, and consequences of warfare has developed

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units from the following courses:

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
WARS1001 War in the Modern World, 1789 to today 6
WARS1003 War and Society in Modern History 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
WARS2002 The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 6
WARS2003 The Korean War 6
HIST2214 The Great War, 1914-1918 6
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
ARTH2082 Art, War and Conflict 6
ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History 6
HIST2226 Nazi Germany 6
HIST2236 Debating Anzac 6
POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict 6
STST2131 Security Communities from War to Peace 6
WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
WARS3001 Walking the Ground: War Studies in the Field 6
HIST3007 Making History 6
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