• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, International Affairs, Heritage Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork

War alters individuals, landscapes and is a central element in national identity, memory and memorialisation. This course centres on a 17 day intensive study tour retracing Australia’s war in 1915-1918 across Gallipoli and the Western Front. Students will reconstruct several major battles of World War I in the places they were fought, examine the ways diverse interests claim a place in a commemorated landscape, assess the making of memorials by all belligerent nations, and consider both the campaigns and the experience of war behind the lines, in particular the interaction of troops and nurses with the civilian population. Throughout the course, a series of onsite lectures and workshops will introduce students to the nature of war on the Gallipoli Peninsula and along the Western Front, stimulating reflection on issues ranging from the making of the Anzac Legend, the experience of overseas travel, the changing nature of battle, pilgrimage, cultural tourism, the making of commemorative landscapes, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the making of a new Europe.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically evaluate the historiography of Australia's involvement in World War I and the ways that conflict has been remembered and commemorated;
  2. locate and interrogate personal testimonies and other primary sources to assist in this understanding;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the impact of World War I on civil society and how the war shaped Europe and the Middle East  in the twentieth century;
  4. conduct independent research and to work collaboratively in groups; and
  5. communicate expressively and critically in both oral and written forms on the complex questions of involvement in human conflict.

Work Integrated Learning


The course includes field study and field trips.

Other Information

Students are free to arrange their own return airfares to Europe, giving them some flexibility over the time and cost of travel and allowing them to stay on in Europe (if they wish to) when the subject ends.  In addition to the standard tuition fee, students will be required to pay an additional travel fee which will cover all accommodation and most land transport, travel from the UK to the continent, all museum entries, some meals in transit and all meals on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Two in-country presentations (1000 words each) 20% each for a total of 40% (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research paper (4000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Course diary (3000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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260 hours of study hours of total student learning time made up from in-country site visits, reading, and preparing assignments.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Jay Winter, Sites of Mourning, Sites of Memory: The Great War and European Cultural History, Cambridge 1992
Bruce Scates, Return to Gallipoli: Walking the Battlefields of the Great War, Cambridge 2006
Bruce Scates, On Dangerous Ground: A Gallipoli Story, Perth 2013.
Romain Fatih, A Little Piece of Australia in France, Cambridge, 2018.
Stephane Audion-Rouzeau and Annette Becker, 1914-18: Understanding the Great War, London 2000.
Bart Ziinno, 'A Distant Grief': Australians, War Graves and the Great War; Perth 2007


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
12 units

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Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $8160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $10560
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