• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Strategic Studies, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Romain Fathi
  • Mode of delivery In-Person and Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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The meaning of ANZAC has been debated since 1915, a subject of contention, as well as a site for the expression of consensual values in both Australia and New Zealand. The course examines the origins, reputed decline, revival and reinvention of ANZAC, including of ANZAC Day itself, in the context of changing patterns of war commemoration and cultural memory. Topics to be explored might include ANZAC's connections to the history of popular culture, commerce, commemoration, government policy, pilgrimage, tourism, museums and heritage, political and media debate, historical writing and education.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the remembrance, historicisation, memorialisation and contestation of ANZAC;
  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 an historically-informed research project evaluating a particular representation of ANZAC.

Indicative Assessment

  1. War Memorial Analysis (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Cultural Analysis (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Reflective Essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The mode of delivery for this course may be either in person or online:

In person: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Online: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from

a) 36 hours of contact in workshop format or through online activities.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST2236 or HIST6236.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

James Brown, Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession, Black Inc., Collingwood, 2014.

Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds et al., What's Wrong With Anzac?: The Militarisation of Australian History, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2010.

Mark McKenna and Stuart Ward, '"It was Really Moving, Mate": The Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism in Australia', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 38, No. 129, April 2007, pp. 141-51.

Bruce Scates, 'The First Casualty of War: A Reply to McKenna's and Ward's "Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism"', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 38, No. 130, October 2007, pp. 312-21.


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9123 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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