- Code WARS1001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject War Studies
- Areas of interest Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Jean Bou
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2020
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Despite the terror and destruction that it brings, warfare has been an inescapable part of human history. This course will examine the changing character of of warfare since the late 1700s through to the early 21st century. In doing so it will focus on the development of armed forces (land, naval and later air), introduce key theories regarding their use, examine the the way that wars in the period were fought, and consider the strains that war places on the societies that fight them. This foundational 'survey course' will examine these elements by using an historical approach and make use of following key themes: the nature and character of war; the interplay of politics, strategy, operations and tactics; resourcing war; the relationship between technology and war; and military adaptation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Describe the history of warfare since in the modern era.
2. Identify the key developments and transitions in the conduct of war since the French Revolution.
3. Critique historical developments in the evolution of modern warfare through the use of a range of historical resources and interpretations.
4. Analyse the causes and consequences of the historical development of warfare.
5. Demonstrate a comprehension of the complexity of the history of modern warfare.
6. Employ written and oral communication skills to clearly and confidently articulate your ideas about war studies
1. Tutorial participation and reading journal (10 per cent - 5 percent participation, 5 percent reading journal) [learning outcomes 1-3]
2. Tutorial presentation and critical synthesis of alloted reading (20 per cent) [learning outcomes 3-5]
3. A 2500 word research essay (40 per cent) [learning outcomes 1-5]
4. An invigilated exam (30 per cent) [learning outcomes 2, 4-5]
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A weekly 2-hour lecture a weekly 1-hour tutorial. Students will be expected to to spend an average of 10 hours per week on the course, with three being made up of the contact hours and the remainder preparing for lectures and tutorials, and completing assessment.
C. Archer et. al., World History of Warfare, University of Nebraska Press, 2002
R. Chickering & S. Forster, Great War, Total War, Cambridge University Press, 2000
M. Howard, War in European History, Oxford University Press, 1976
J. Lindley-French & Y. Boyer, The Oxford Handbook of War, Oxford University Press, 2012
SCM Paine, The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949, Cambridge University Press, 2012
G. Sheffield, War Studies Reader: from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day and Beyond, Continuum, 2010
D. Stevenson, 1914-1918: The History of the First World War, Allen Lane, 2004
H. Strachan, European Armies and the Conduct of War, Routledge, 1983
H. Strachan & S. Scheipers, The Changing Character of War, Oxford University Press, 2011
C. Townsend, The Oxford History of Modern War, Oxford University Press, 2005
G. Weinberg, A World at Arms: a Global History of World War II, Cambridge University Press, 1994
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