HIST431 War and Australian Society in the 20th Century

Updated: 19 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST331 or HIST359

offered in even-numbered years

Combined Units HIST331 - War and Australian Society in the 20th Century
Coordinator(s) Nathan Wise (nwise@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

War has played a key role in shaping Australian history in the 20th century. This unit will study various aspects of Australian history using war and its effects as the touchstone. Beginning with the federation of the Australian colonies in 1901, when Australia was at war in South Africa (the Boer War, 1899-1902), students will study the Great War (1914-18); WWII (1939-45); Korea (1950-53); Vietnam (1965-72) as well as more recent conflicts. Major themes include the gendered nature of warfare; the impact of volunteer labour during war; how war has affected certain groups in Australian society; the mythologies of war and how they are personified; and the remembering of war through institutional events such as Anzac Day (25 April), Remembrance Day (11 November) and war memorials.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 50% 2500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assessment 2 50% 2500
Assessment Notes

Biographical Study

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of major issues surrounding the history of war and Australian society in the 20th Century;
  2. apply high level critical thinking skills and independent judgement to interpret and assess a variety of historical sources and ask questions about their history;
  3. locate and critically evaluate a variety of historical sources;
  4. identify and critically analyse historiographical problems in 20th Century Australian history; and
  5. apply historical knowledge of Australia and war in order to understand and evaluate present day issues and problems associated with war.