• Class Number 4330
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Douglas Craig
    • Dr Douglas Craig
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
    • Dr Douglas Craig
SELT Survey Results

The First World War was called the “war to end all wars”, but was soon reviled as a senseless slaughter that solved nothing and created problems that plagued the rest of the twentieth century. This course focuses on the War and its immediate aftermath, and will use a number of perspectives from diplomatic, military, social and intellectual history. The course will also take a comparative approach to acquaint students with the similarities and differences between the major protagonists’ first experiences of total war. The course will end by examining the Treaty of Versailles and its legacies for the modern age.

Learning Outcomes

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

After completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the causes, conduct, and outcomes of the Great War;

2. Understand the development of key interpretations of the causes, conduct and consequences of the Great War;

3. Demonstrate continued development in your research, analytic, and writing skills;

4. Improve your ability to reflect critically on the Great War's historiography and its key primary sources;

5. Demonstrate and improve your oral presentation skills; and

6. Show your understanding of the historical significance of the Great War.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture and Tutorial:: Introduction and Why does World War I Matter?
2 Lecture: Europe in 1914 Tutorial: War, Glorious War
3 Lecture: And the War Came Tutorial: Causes and Controversies
4 Lecture: Plans, Strategies -- and Stalemate Tutorial: The Soldiers' War
5 Lecture: Mobilizing and paying for the war Tutorial: Propaganda and Modern War
6 Lecture: The Killing Machine: 1916 Tutorial: The Civilians' War Step One of Essay (Topic approval + prelininary bibliography) due April 1 2019 (voluntary)
7 Lecture: Home Fronts Tutorial: Australians at War Step Two of Essay (Abstract + Essay Plan) due April 23 2019 (voluntary)
8 Lecture: The Unravelling: 1917 Tutorial: The Writers' War
9 Lecture: Losing the War: Germany 1918 and the Armistice Tutorial: Peace Without Victory? The United States and Intervention Essay due May 6 2019 (mandatory)
10 Lecture: The Treaty of Versailles Tutorial: The Treaty of Versailles
11 Lecture: Aftermath and Consequences Tutorial: Burying the Dead
12 Lecture: Conclusion and Examination details Tutorial: Consequences

Tutorial Registration

Available after February 11 2019 via the HIST 2214 Wattle site

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Essay 50 % 06/05/2019 31/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Formal Examination 40 % 06/06/2019 22/06/2019 1, 2, 6
Tutorial Participation 10 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 1, 2, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 06/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research Essay

A Research Essay of up to 3,000 words, due May 6 2019. This essay will worth 50% of the assessment for the course. Students may select a topic from a list provided in the HIST 2214 Course Guide, or may formulate their own topic provided that that topic is approved in writing by the Convenor on or before April 1 2019.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 22/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 6

Formal Examination

Students will sit a three hour open book examination that will be scheduled in the official ANU examination period. The examination will be worth 40% of the assessment of the course.

Students will be able to refer to any materials (other than ANU Library books) during the examination, and will be able to draw on material from their essays if appropriate to the questions they answer. 

Information about the format and content of the examination paper will be given towards the end of the lecture program.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5

Tutorial Participation

Tutorial participation will be worth 10% of the assessment for the course.

Tutorial participation marks will be based upon evidence of you having done the assigned readings, of you having thought about the issues, and of your participation in class discussions. Please note that attendance alone is not counted towards assessment, but that tutorial attendance is required to receive a grade for participation.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Douglas Craig

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