• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code WARS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The War Studies major at the ANU explores 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 and cultural phenomenon with profound and diverse influences and effects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfulcompletion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


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

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

3.      Analyse 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 major requires the completion of 48 units from the following courses:

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

Code Title Units
WARS1001 War in the Modern World, 1789 to today 6
WARS1003 War and Society in Modern History 6
WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective 6
HIST3007 Making History 6

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
HIST2214 The Great War, 1914-1918 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
WARS2003 The Korean War 6
WARS2002 The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 6

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

Code Title Units
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
  STST 2131: Security Communities
WARS3001 Walking the Ground: War Studies in the Field 6
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