• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

War memory looms large in Australia’s and New Zealand’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 and Aotearoa/New Zealand? This study tour will trace ANZAC across the Australasian 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. Crossing the Tasman, you will explore commemorative landscapes, monuments and museums in Wellington and Auckland. 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.

Other Information

Classes are likely to run in the September 2022 teaching break, dates TBC.

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.

You will need to contact the School of History to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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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