• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest History, Strategic Studies
  • Minor code WARS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Academic Contact Dr Jean Bou

The War Studies minor at the ANU introduces students to 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, cultural, and ethical phenomenon with profound and diverse influences and effects.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  3. Explain 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 minor requires the completion of 24 units from the following courses:

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following introductory courses:

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

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

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following compulsory course:

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

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following War Studies courses:

ANTH2130 - Violence and Terror (6 units)

ARTH2082 - Art, War and Conflict (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)

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

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

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

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

HIST2226 - Nazi Germany (6 units)

HIST2236 - Debating Anzac (6 units)

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

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

WARS2003 - The Korean War (6 units)

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

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

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