• 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 provides students with foundation knowledge of the causes, conduct and consequences of warfare. Beyond traditional military history, it considers war’s complexity as a political, military, social and cultural phenomenon with profound and diverse influences and effects. Founded on the study of history, the War Studies minor allows students to explore war and warfare in a multidisciplinary context and embraces the insights offered by other fields including: political science, international relations, cultural and gender studies and law. Students who complete the minor will be equipped with both theoretical and empirical insights enabling them to identify major trends in the interpretation of war and warfare. Furthermore, the completion of the major will contribute to students’ abilities to conduct research, assess evidence, and persuasively argue in written and oral forms.

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. Summarise the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about the causes, conduct, and consequences of warfare has developed

  4. Analyse the political, military, social, cultural, and ethical impacts of war in their regional and global contexts

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Requirements

This minor requires the completion of 24 units from the following courses:

12 units from the completion of the following courses:

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

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

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following 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)

HIST2172 - Remembering Anzac: A study tour of commemorative landscapes, museums & memorials across Australasia (12 units)

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

WARS1003 - War and Society in Modern History (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 - Study Tour: Walking the Ground - War Studies in the Field (6 units)

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

Code Title Units
WARS1001 War in the Modern World, 1789 to today 6
WARS1003 War and Society in Modern History 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective 6

A minimum of 1 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
WARS2002 The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 6
WARS2003 The Korean War 6
HIST2214 The Great War, 1914-1918 6
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
ARTH2082 Art, War and Conflict 6
ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History 6
HIST2226 Nazi Germany 6
  HIST 2236: Debating Anzac
POLS3033 Environment, Human Security, and Conflict 6
  STST 2131: Security Communities
WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
WARS3001 Study Tour: Walking the Ground - War Studies in the Field 6
HIST3007 Making History 6
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