- Code HIST6136
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest History
World War Two was the greatest conflict in history. An estimated 60 million men, women and children died in a war that engulfed the globe and shaped the world in which we live. It was the defining event in the history of the twentieth century. This comparative, transnational survey will focus on the political, social and cultural aspects of this conflict, and working with diverse historical materials and perspectives. It will deal with the war in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, addressing topics including: German and Japanese war aims; Blitzkrieg in Poland and France; propaganda, civilian mobilisation and total war; allied leadership, co-operation and division; civilians under occupation (collaboration and resistance) and the experience of prisoners of war; racial policies and genocide; wartime intelligence and espionage; the debates over mass bombing and recourse to atomic weapons; and concepts of post-war reconstruction and the emergence of new international institutions. We will survey the contexts and legacies of the war, and evaluate its enduring historical significance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- evaluate different interpretations of the history of the Second World War, its origins, its course and its outcomes;
- offer critical assessment of the major controversies and moral debates surrounding the Second World War;
- identify and assess the range of historiographical approaches that have been used to explain key aspects of the Second World War;
- critically analyse primary and secondary sources including the exploration of new digital resources and public history presentations of the war and its contexts; and
- apply evidence and theory, formulate arguments and express their views in both oral and written form.
Indicative AssessmentOne 1,000 word essay (15%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5]
One 3,000 word case study essay (45%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
One 2,000 word synoptic essay (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
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Workload130 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 tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingEvan Mawdsley, World War II: A New History (Cambridge).
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|3995||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|
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