War and Peace in World History
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Undergraduate Level 2
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This unit looks at the ways in which issues of war and peace are shaped by specific cultural and historical conditions that can only be understood in broader international context. While war is often viewed purely in terms of military strategy, it also always depends on social, economic and cultural contexts for its meaning and practice. This unit will thus focus on the changing relationships between understandings of war, the practice of war and the experience of war over time. So too, this unit takes the practice of peace-making seriously - how have societies and cultures sought to create peace? What might a history of peace-making look like? Our travels will take us to Britain, India, Germany, the United States of America, South Africa, Japan, Algeria, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia. We also pay particular attention to the experiences of women in war, to the colonial context of much international conflict and to the ways in which the collective remembrance of war (including the writing of history) is always shaped by the politics of recognition.
- Assignment 1 — Short Essay (20%)
- Assignment 2 — Research Essay (50%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (30%)
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- develop both an empirical and theoretical understanding of the issues of war and peace that enables you to develop a body of specialised knowledge that can be transferred to practical contexts of conflict resolution
- communicate ideas verbally and in writing and argue a case in a collegial and responsible manner
- develop clear, logical thinking and reasoned explanations
- conduct research in an autonomous and independent manner
- demonstrate an analytical and critical competence in conceptualising historical concepts
- develop gender awareness and sensitivity to cultural difference
- develop an ability to think in a cross-cultural manner and to situate issues in a global context.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||How to write a history of war and peace/ war and peace in the Ancient World|
|2||Making war modern - Europe and the rise of the nation state|
|3||Race, empire and colonial conflict|
|4||Inter- and intra-national peace at the turn of the 20th century|
|5||WW1 - gender and the fronts of war|
|6||World War II - total war and the crisis of modernity|
|7||Treaties, peace-making and the UN|
|8||Anxious peace times? The Cold War|
|9||Making sense of war: trauma, memory & recognition in late modernity|
|10||Terror and insecurity in the postmodern world|
|11||War and peace: metaphors and impacts|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
Print based materials
- Welcome Letter
Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the Unibooks website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management), Curtin University
- Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
- Diploma of Arts, Griffith University
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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