AIH238 - Australia in the Age of Total War 1914-1945


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:

AIH232/AIH332, AIH233/AIH333, AIH338

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - 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.

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