• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest History, Strategic Studies
  • Major code WARS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Academic Contact Dr Jean Bou

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

  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 the completion of the following compulsory courses:

HIST3007 - Making History (6 units)

WARS1001 - War in the Modern World, 1789 to today (6 units)

WARS1003 - War and Society in Modern History (6 units)

WARS2001 - Theories of War: An historical and global perspective (6 units)

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

HIST2136 - World at War, 1939-1945 (6 units)

HIST2141 - The Cold War: 1945-1989 (6 units)

HIST2214 - The Great War, 1914-1918 (6 units)

WARS2004 - War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific (6 units)

WARS2003 - The Korean War (6 units)

WARS2002 - The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 (6 units)

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

ANTH2130 - Violence and Terror (6 units)

ASIA3029 - Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia (6 units)

GEND2021 - Trauma, Memory and Culture (6 units)

HIST1209 - Terror to Terrorism: A History (6 units)

HIST2206 - The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond: A Study Tour of Gallipoli, London, Paris and the Western Front (12 units)

HIST2226 - Nazi Germany (6 units)

HIST2236 - Debating Anzac (6 units)

POLS3033 - Environment, Human Security and Conflict (6 units)

WARS3001 - Walking the Ground: War Studies in the Field (6 units)

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