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AIH238 - Australia and the Two World Wars

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

*Offered at Warrnambool via D@YD from 2014.

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:C Waters




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

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

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


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.


First assignment 1500 words 30%

Second assignment 2000 words 50%

Seminar work 20%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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