A History of War - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

For millennia humans have waged war and come to understand themselves and others through the experience of war. This unit explores the different ways that we can understand what war means – how it has changed across time, what are the rights and wrongs of war, who are its victims, and how it has shaped the modern world. Understanding this history enables us to think more clearly about how war has shaped the modern world, and how the changing nature of war remains central to humanity's hopes for the future.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify central themes in the history of war;
  2. understand the place of war in world historical context;
  3. recognise and compare the different ways in which war is narrated historically;
  4. employ analytical thinking skills and reflect critically and ethically on the above issues;
  5. apply ways of thinking about war to thinking about world history;
  6. employ analytical thinking skills and reflect critically and ethically on the above issues;
  7. analyse, evaluate and synthesise a range of historical images and texts;
  8. develop sustained, logical and informed arguments;
  9. appreciate and evaluate the variety of approaches to the  history of war;
  10. draw on a knowledge of ideas and texts to understand the complexities and dynamics of war throughout human history.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Review (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1War and violence
2War on the battlefield
3War and authority
4War and annihilation
5War and peace
6War and memory

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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