ANZAC: Australians at War - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2 , Sem3
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2 , Sem3
  • Assessment: Journal - Online journal portfolio (30%) , Quizzes - Online quizzes (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HSTX205 ANZACs: Australians at War.

Please note: This unit is available in Macquarie Semester 3. This is an intensive semester which spans only 9 weeks (including recess). Students are advised to enrol in only one or two units in Semester 3.

The ANZAC Legend has long been at the core of Australian mythology. With Australia having now celebrated the 100th anniversary of this legend, this unit explores the impact of armed conflict on Australian national life. Beginning with Indigenous armed conflict prior to white colonisation, and moving through to the War on Terror, the unit will explore how the experience of war has shaped national identity. Themes will include: the idea of ANZAC and the militarisation of Australian History; the “digger myth”, gender, race and ethnicity; conscription; disability and rehabilitation; and other legacies of war and commemoration. A range of sources – from literature to film, from private diaries to official records will be used to examine these themes. Short videos are used in place of lectures and students will have the opportunity to conduct original primary research into Australian military history for their report project.

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

  1. read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources;
  2. find, analyse and apply historical information
  3. communicate effectively in a range of written forms;
  4. participate actively in group discussions;
  5. develop and/or enhance collaborative skills
  6. describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  7. criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  8. understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life.
  • Journal — Online journal portfolio (30%)
  • Quizzes — Online quizzes (20%)
  • Research Assignment — Personal Research Report (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HSTX205 — ANZACs: Australians at War

No prerequisites required for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The ANZAC legend and the militarisation of Australian history
2Before ANZAC: Wars of Empire
3Before ANZAC: Frontier Wars
4Gallipoli and Beyond: The Birth of ANZAC
5A Land Fit for Heroes: The Returned Serviceman
6Sons of ANZAC: WWII
7Demobbed: Repatriation and Postwar Reconstruction
8Australia's Asian Garrisons: From BCOF to Butterworth and Beyond
9The One Day of the Year: ANZAC's Decline
10Make Love Not War: The Vietnam Veteran and the Anti-War Movement
11ANZAC's Reinvigoration and the New Australian Nationalism
12ANZAC at 100: A National Icon Today. And Tomorrow

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective 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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