- Code HIST2172
- Unit Value 12 units
- 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
- Prof Bruce Scates
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- conduct independent research utilising primary and secondary sources and site analysis;
- work effectively in small and large groups to foster collaborative learning;
- critically interrogate diverse forms of historical narratives;
- develop an understanding of what shapes war memory and how this changes historically; and
- learn to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
- Reflective essay (3,500 words) (40) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Group presentations (Two presentations X 1000 words) 10% each for total of 20% (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Work sheets and journal (2000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
A selection of readings will be available through the wattle site, saving students the expense of purchasing texts.
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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|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|