War and Peace in World History - 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
  • Assessment: Online Discussion (20%) , Open Book Exam - Unit Overview Task (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST220 War and Peace in World History.

War is a central feature of human history. But why? War and Peace in World History 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 a broader international context.  While war can be viewed purely in terms of military strategy and through the lens of advancing armies, it also has wider social, economic and cultural meanings that situate men and women as historical actors in the formation of cultures and societies and the construction of new world orders. By looking at the many situations in which wars have been fought across the world under the banner of political cause, national freedom, dynastic and religious crusade, we ponder the ways in which war is the arena in which national and imperial memory has been forged. Our travels will take us to Britain, India, Germany, the United States of America, South Africa, Japan, Algeria, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia to look at the role of war in the construction of historical memory. We also pay particular attention to the experiences of women in war, to the colonial context of much international conflict and to the moral questions that arise from notions such as winning and losing.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. have a schematic knowledge of major conflicts and efforts to make peace in modern history
  2. an understanding of how empirical research and methodological debate has expanded and challenged existing historiography.
  3. the ability to locate, identify, read and analyse original documents from a variety of sources and perspectives with some guidance; to summarise, transcribe and catalogue information as appropriate.
  4. the ability to critically evaluate the arguments of other historians (both theoretically and empirically).
  5. an ability to locate, identify, read and analyze existing historical research with some guidance
  6. understand the ways in which war and peace are experienced differently (according to gender, race, class, sexuality and historical location)
  7. an ability to consider how practices of remembrance are shaped by political contexts
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Open Book Exam — Unit Overview Task (30%)
  • Research Design Exercise — Preliminary Research Exercise (15%)
  • Research Essay (35%)

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:

  • HST220 — War and Peace in World History

Students should have studied some History at Level 1 prior to doing this unit. They should have good written English and essay writing skills.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction - Historical Contingency, War and Peace
2The Military Revolution, Peace and Religious Dissent
3Nation Peace and War in the 18th Century
4Nation Peace and War in the 19th Century
5Imperial Conflicts and Rebellion
6WWI and the Invitation to Manliness
7The Affects of WWI
8WWII and Women
9Cold and Hot War
10Anti-colonial wars
11Reading Week
12Peacekeeping and Peacemaking
13Conclusion - Insecurity, Terror and the Language of War

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

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.
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