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ANZAC: Australians at War - MHIS205

The ANZAC Legend has long been at the core of Australian mythology. With 2015 marking the Centenary of the Gallipoli campaign and the birth of this legend, this new unit will explore the impact of armed conflict on Australian national life. As well as tracing the history of the major conflicts that have engaged Australians from before white colonisation to the War on Terror, the course will explore how the experience of war has shaped national identity. Themes will include; the idea of ANZAC and the militarization of Australian History, the 'Australian way of war'; gender, race and ethnicity; relationships with allies and enemies; the homefront; loss, disability and rehabilitation; and other legacies of war and commemoration. A range of sources — from literature to film, from private diaries to official records — will be used to examine these themes. An innovative feature of the on-campus version of the unit will be a collaborative undergraduate research project that will contribute to an exhibition to be held in the Museum of Australian History as one of the University's public contributions to the centenary of ANZAC.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus sessions: None)

S3 External - Session 3, December 2018 - February 2019, External (On-campus sessions: None)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Matthew Bailey

12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): MHIX205
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: People unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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