• Class Number 3632
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Nicholas Brown
    • Dr Nicholas Brown
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course examines the intersections between concepts of nation and practices of memory in a series of case studies spanning from the legacies of imperialism and colonisation through to impact of social movements and digital media in interrogating national identities and public memorialisation. Working across diverse case studies, including Nazism, settler colonialism, and military commemoration, we will work with a diverse range of historical evidence to assess the ways in which understandings of nation have been shaped and contested through collective memory and memorialisation. Through an examination of public ceremony and commemoration, educational intervention and institutional design, trials, museum exhibitions, individual memory, literature, popular culture and historiography, we will examine how the memory and representation of national identities have been debated and transformed. At a time of heightened political engagement with questions of recognition in public culture, and the power of testimony in challenging collective representation, this course will encourage reflection on the particular and contestable power of 'the nation' in framing what is remembered and what is forgotten.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the remembrance, historicisation and memorialisation of the nation;
  2. identify and analyse the key concepts in the study of historical memory;
  3. critically analyse the representation of the past in a variety of different media; and
  4. undertake a research project evaluating the efficacy of a particular representation of the nation and its past

Research-Led Teaching

This course consists of a serries of case-studies drawing on areas of active research by members of the School of History. In many cases, the staff contributing to the course has also applied experience in the areas they will be covering. The case studies have also been selected to reflect different forms of memorialisation, and different modes in the mobilisation of memory. The assessment program is built around preparing students for a research-led enquiry of their own selection, guided by the convenor.

Field Trips

A non-compulsory walking tour of the Anzac Parade-Parkes Way ceremonial area will be offered to students, to be led by the convenor.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Conceptual Introduction
2 The making of nations, the functions of memory
3 Remembering empire and revolution
4 Colonial and post-colonial negotiations
5 Pilgrimages and the World Wars Historiographical Review
6 Acknowledging the perpetrator
7 The international memorialisation of the Holocaust
8 Contested histories of resistance Essay Proposal
9 Reconciliation and repatriation
10 The relational museum and its objects
11 Reputation and representation
12 Taking down the statues?
14 Research Essay

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Historiographical Review 30 % 24/03/2023 1,2,3
Essay Proposal 10 % 28/04/2023 4
Research Essay 50 % 05/06/2023 1,2,3,4
Participation 10 % * 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 24/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Historiographical Review

Due 24 March 2023, 16:00

Word limit: 2000 words

Write a historiographical review of the academic literature on a topic of your choosing. You may choose a theme from the weekly seminars, or you may choose a relevant topic related to your research project. If you do the latter, please be aware that you cannot cut and paste entire sections of your historiographical review into the final research paper. A historiographical review should consider several works or articles, but may decide to focus in particular on two or three.


A historiographical review is intended to be a critical evaluation of the secondary literature on a particular topic. It should survey the different approaches to a topic or theme, identify the questions the secondary literature is attempting to answer, and evaluate the answers provided. A historiographical review should make an argument about this literature: its strengths and weaknesses, questions it leaves unanswered, or significance.


The reviews will be evaluated on depth of knowledge of the topic, ability to present the literature clearly and concisely, critical evaluation of the historiography, structure of the essay and quality of the writing.

-      Please submit your assignment via Turnitin on Wattle. No hard copy is required

-      Late essays will be penalised at the rate of 5% per working day or part thereof.

-      If you require an extension, you must ask the Convenor before the date the assignment is due.

-      Over-length assignments will be penalised according to CASS policy, which states that a 10% penalty will be applied to essays that exceed the specified word limit over a 10% buffer. Footnotes and bibliographies are not included in the word limit.

- No assignment will be assessed after the return of assignments to other students.

- All references should be footnoted in Chicago format (notes and bibliography). See the quick guide here: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 4

Essay Proposal

Due 28 April 2023. 16:00

Word Limit: 500 words.


DUE 28 April, 5pm


Identify a topic of research relating to themes of nation, memorialisation and memory, and develop in consultation with the course convenor a question that you intend to ask about that particular topic. Include a brief outline of the historiography and wider debates within which your essay will be placed, and explain how your question will fit into these debates. Indicate what primary sources you will be using to answer your question. 

Include a bibliography of around 10 items.

The proposal will be evaluated on:

-      How effectively it develops a research question

-      How well the question is integrated into a sense of the historiography and broader theoretical and historiographical issues.

-      The sources identified to develop the research essay.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 05/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay

Research Project (4000 words).

Due 11 June, 2021 at 5pm.


Building on your Historiographical Review and Essay Proposal, write a research paper on the question you have developed. You should identify a particular aspect of the course themes and a particular practice (for example: an exhibition, a controversy, a book, a film, a tv show, a monument, a novel, trial, newspaper reportage, memoirs, letters and diaries, oral histories and so on), then contextualise and critically analyse its representation of the past. The essay will be assessed on 1) the quality of the argument 2) the analysis of primary sources 3) the integration of the analysis into the themes raised in the course and 4) writing and presentation.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Participation in the seminar is assessed and worth 10% of the final grade.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Nicholas Brown

Research Interests

Twentieth century Australian and international history

Dr Nicholas Brown

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Dr Nicholas Brown

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Dr Nicholas Brown

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