• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, Museums and Collections, European Studies, Heritage Studies, Politics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Historiographical Review (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research Proposal (500 words) (10) [LO 4]
  3. Research Essay (4,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Tutorial or online Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Research Presentation (10 minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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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

Prescribed Texts

Not required

Preliminary Reading

Katharine Hodgkin and Susannah Radstone, eds. Memory, History, Nation: Contested Pasts (Transaction Publishers, 2005)

Edward Linenthal, Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum (Columbia University Press, 2001)

John R. Gillis, ed. Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity (Princeton University Press, 1994).


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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3061 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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