• Class Number 4633
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr David Hansen
    • Dr David Hansen
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

This course will explore the responses of artists to war and conflict since the Renaissance up to the present with a particular focus on the modern period. It examines a diverse range of Australian and international works, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video, and considers their modes of presentation, dissemination, critical reception and impact. Ethical and social issues are discussed in depth, as are the relationships between commissioning organisations, artists and audiences. There is a strong focus throughout on object-based analysis with several classes being held at the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery and the National Library.

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. Describe the major artistic responses to war and conflict since the Renaissance.
  2. Describe the ethical and social issues raised by artists' involvement in or responses to war and conflict.
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the impact and affects of war and conflict imagery.
  4. Research and access information on art, war and conflict and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.
  5. Speak with confidence about ideas and issues relating to art, war and conflict. 

Field Trips

In the semester-long course, a number of lectures and/or tutorials will be held off-site, at the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. All these institutions are located near the centre of Canberra.

Additional Course Costs

Materials necessary for producing essays and tutorial presentations.

Required Resources

No resources additional to the student contribution amount or tuition fees.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written comments on essays, verbal comments to the whole class, to groups and individuals.

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.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

Referencing Guidelines for essay writing and further information on how and why to cite your sources can be found at:


Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Themes, issues and background/War art in antiquity Essay/bibliography topics available
2 The Renaissance/ The Early Modern siege
3 The Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars/Goya
4 Australia’s Frontier Wars/ settler & Indigenous records
5 The Australian War Memorial and Australia’s Official War Artists
6 WWI Australia/Will Dyson Annotated bibliography due
7 WWI Europe/Otto Dix
8 WWII/Picasso’s Guernica Annotated bibliography returned
9 Art against war/George Gittoes
10 Disappearance: Camouflage/The destruction and looting of art in times of war
11 Resurgam: Memorials and counter-memorials
12 War through the lens: Photography and Film Major essay due Major essay returned during exam period.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Annotated Bibliography 20 % 31/03/2019 26/04/2019 1,2,3
Oral presentation and tutorial paper 30 % 08/03/2019 04/07/2019 2,3,4,5
Research Essay 40 % 26/05/2019 23/06/2019 1,2,4
Participation 10 % 08/03/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* 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. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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: 20 %
Due Date: 31/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Annotated Bibliography

Compile an annotated bibliography of six sources that address your essay question. Please include your essay question at the beginning of your annotated bibliography.


In selecting your sources, you should try to choose texts that approach your topic from different viewpoints and give different information on your topic. Remember that the texts you choose should be academically credible.

Your list of sources should include:

  • At least two books
  • At least two academic journal articles and/or scholarly catalogues
  • No more than two websites or internet sources

This task is designed to help you with getting the research under way, finding appropriate sources of information on your chosen essay question, and evaluating the value of each source in the context of your research. Bibliographical research will be addressed in tutorial sessions, and a guide to writing annotated bibliographies will be uploaded to the course Wattle site.

The annotated bibliography will be due on 31 March, and will be returned to you in the first week of the second teaching block.

Your annotated bibliography will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • A wide selection of relevant texts, reflecting a variety of viewpoints
  • Clear and succinct annotations
  • Academic credibility of the chosen texts
  • Proper use of citation style for each text (Chicago A).

Assessment Rubrics: Not applicable

Word limit: 1,500 words

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: upload to Wattle

Estimated return date: 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 08/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

Oral presentation and tutorial paper

Students are required to present a tutorial paper. The paper will critically analyse one of the following:


  • The work of one artist whose oeuvre (either consistently or in a particularly significant work or series) presents images of war and conflict
  • Works by multiple artists which describe or respond to one particular conflict, whether historical period, war, campaign or battle


  • A key reading from the texts loaded onto Wattle. The aim is to critically engage with the writer’s argument and to relate it to issues raised in the course.


The presentation should include visual material and run for approximately 12-15 minutes; you are expected to involve your colleagues in discussion and take questions at the end. A written paper with a bibliography is to be submitted after the presentation. You are expected to provide relevant background information that illuminates the work or works of art under consideration. Considered interpretation is required over and above a basic narrative.


  • Two or three students will present during each tutorial session.
  • Students will book a time to present their tutorial paper by writing their name and chosen artist on the form circulated in tutorials.
  • Papers should engage closely with works of art; between two and four good quality digital images should be used to illustrate your paper.
  • Please test your memory stick/disc and image quality prior to your tutorial time.
  • The desired outcome is to demonstrate an ability to analyse and interpret images of war and conflict and to raise questions for discussion by the whole group, drawing attention to the features of particular works of art.


Your tutorial presentation will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the course material
  • Evidence of wide and critical reading and research
  • Good and relevant use of support material such as images or information handouts
  • Your ability to interpret the material being discussed, rather than simply to provide information about it
  • Your ability to involve your fellow students in discussion


Assessment Rubrics: Not applicable

Word limit: 1,500 words

Value: 30%

Presentation requirements: Your presentation should be about 12-15 minutes long, and the written version approximately 1,500 words

You should hand in your tutorial paper the week following your presentation. This should comprise your notes comprehensively written out plus details of images that you used, and a bibliography, including URLs of all websites used.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 26/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 23/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Research Essay

Essay topics will be made available via Wattle in week 1.

Your essay must include a bibliography, citing the sources of all quotations, paraphrases, and references to specific ideas and arguments.

The essay is due on:

Marked essays will be returned on:

Assessment Rubrics: An Assessment Rubric is attached at the end of this document, and available on Wattle.

Word limit (where applicable): 3,000 words.

Value: 40%

Presentation requirements: Upload to Wattle

Estimated return date: 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 08/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Students must attend all lectures and tutorials and participate actively in the latter. Please note that participation includes regular reading (specified in weekly reading guides and uploaded to Wattle) and contributing to tutorial discussions.

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) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

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.

Returning Assignments

Tutorial papers will be returned in tutorials. Work submitted electronically will be responded to on Wattle.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students who fail to score a pass, but are marked between 45 and 49% will have the opportunity to resubmit

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 David Hansen
02 6125 6218

Research Interests

Australian art, colonial to contemporary, with significant expertise in the areas of early 19th century painting and drawing (notably the work of John Glover and settler images of Aborigines), mid-20th century modernism, contemporary criticism and regional artists and galleries. Broader interests include demotic portraiture in Britain, the art of empire, contemporary sculpture and spatial practices, art and environment and museum practice, including artists’ interventions

Dr David Hansen

Tuesday 10:00 12:00
Tuesday 10:00 12:00
Dr David Hansen
6125 6218

Research Interests

Dr David Hansen

Tuesday 10:00 12:00
Tuesday 10:00 12:00

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