• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, History, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Bruce Scates
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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War memory looms large in Australia’s physical and cultural landscape. From modest monuments featured in tiny country towns to the elaborate exhibitions fielded by state and national memorials, war has come to occupy a privileged place in public consciousness. What challenges are involved in representing, exhibiting and ‘remembering’ war? How have commemorative cultures changed over time? What role do museums play in perpetuating war memory decades or generations after conflicts have ended and how is the meaning of Anzac viewed differently across different communities and in different parts of Australia? This study tour will trace Anzac across the Australian landscape. Beginning at the national war memorial in Canberra, it will examine a host of state and local memorials across the country, including the Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria and the Anzac Memorial in Sydney. You will have the opportunity to discuss future internship programs with leading cultural institutions and meet a diverse range of Australia’s commemorative stakeholders. The subject will end in Darwin, where a World War Two ‘Memory Trail’ extends across and beyond Australia’s northernmost city and across the spectacular landscape of the Northern Territory. Throughout the course, a series of onsite lectures and workshops will introduce students to the changing nature of war remembrance, stimulating reflection on the politics of commemoration and the highly contested nature of war memory.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. conduct independent research utilising primary and secondary sources and site analysis;
  2. work effectively in small and large groups to foster collaborative learning;
  3. critically interrogate diverse forms of historical narratives;
  4. develop an understanding of what shapes war memory and how this changes historically; and
  5. learn to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reflective essay (3,500 words) (40) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Group presentations (Two presentations X 1000 words) 10% each for total of 20% (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Work sheets and journal (2000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Digital narrative/virtual exhibition (2000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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260 hours of student learning time made up from site visits, reading, and preparing assignments.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate. Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised. To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

A selection of readings will be available through the wattle site, saving students the expense of purchasing texts.

Preliminary Reading

Ken Inglis, Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape, (Melbourne University Press, 1999)

Kirstie Ross and Karen Hunter, Holding onto Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the First World War,  (Te Papa, 2014).

Bruce Scates, A Place to Remember: A history of Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance, (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Jennifer Wellington, Exhibiting War: The Great War, Museums and Memorials in Britain, Canada and Australia, (Cambridge University Press 2017)

Jay Winter, War Beyond Words: Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present, (Cambridge University Press 2017)


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Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $6360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $9780
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4711 23 Jun 2021 02 Jul 2021 02 Jul 2021 25 Jul 2021 In Person N/A

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