AIH238 - Australia and the Two World Wars

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Christopher Waters





Incompatible with: AIH232/332, AIH233/333, AIH338
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week


This unit examines critically several themes about the role that Australia played in the two world wars and the impact of those wars on Australian society. The themes to be studied include:

  • the debate over fighting 'other peoples' wars';

  • the methods by which different wars were fought;

  • the soldiers' experience of war and return;

  • conscription, conscientious objection and popular opposition;

  • dissent in wartime;

  • gender and war;

  • aftermath of wars, including repatriation, broken bodies, broken minds, grief and loss;

  • citizenship issues and war, including internment of aliens;

  • the impact of war on the Australian state, national policies and the economy;

  • the representing of Australia's wars, including film;

  • comparisons with the war experiences of other nations and the ANZAC legend;

  • memory of war.


On Campus

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay (1500 words) - 30%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Presentation (500 words) – 20%


Online (Cloud)

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay (1-,500 words) - 30%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Online Exercises (500 words) – 20%

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