The meaning of Anzac has been debated since 1915, a subject of contention, as well as a site for the expression of consensual values in both Australia and New Zealand. The course will examine the origins, reputed decline, revival and reinvention of Anzac, including of Anzac Day itself, in the context of changing patterns of war commemoration and cultural memory. Topics to be explored include Anzac's connections to the history of popular culture, commerce, commemoration, government policy, pilgrimage, tourism, museums and heritage, political and media debate, historical writing and education. Students will be expected to analyse events, sources and debates connected with the centenary of the First World War.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- explain the development of Anzac in its various manifestations;
- recognise the contribution that memory studies can make to an understanding of the history of Anzac;
- interpret a range of sources and cultural forms produced over the last century relevant to an historical appreciation of Anzac;
- critically analyse recent claims about, and uses of, Anzac, thereby understanding their implications for an understanding of how war is remembered and represented;
- evaluate the contribution that history and historians can make to informed public discussion;
- design and create an ethnographic study of an Anzac event/ritual; and
- produce historically informed cultural analysis of the Anzac legend in structured prose.
Documentary Analysis (20%) 1500 words [LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and
Anzac Day event analysis (ethnography) (20%) 1500 words [LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7]
Reflective Essay (60%) 3500 words [LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7]
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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
- Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds et al., What's Wrong With Anzac?: The Militarisation of Australian History, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2010.
- Alistair Thomson, Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend, New Edition, Monash University Publishing, 2013.
- Mark McKenna and Stuart Ward, '"It was Really Moving, Mate": The Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism in Australia', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 38, No. 129, April 2007, pp. 141-51.
- Bruce Scates, 'The First Casualty of War: A Reply to McKenna's and Ward's "Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism"', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 38, No. 130, October 2007, pp. 312-21.
- Bart Ziino, 'We are talking about Gallipoli after all: contested narratives, contested ownership and the Gallipoli Peninsula', in Heritage of War, ed. Martin Gegner and Bart Ziino, Routledge, Abingdon, 2012, pp.142-159.
- Jo Hawkins, ‘What better excuse for a real adventure’: History, Memory and Tourism on the Kokoda Track', Public History Review, Vol. 20, 2013, pp. 1-23.
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