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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The ANZAC legend and the militarisation of Australian history
    • Before ANZAC: Wars of Empire
    • Before ANZAC: Frontier Wars
    • Gallipoli and Beyond: The Birth of ANZAC
    • A Land Fit for Heroes: The Returned Serviceman
    • Sons of ANZAC: WWII
    • Demobbed: Repatriation and Postwar Reconstruction
    • Australia's Asian Garrisons: From BCOF to Butterworth and Beyond
    • The One Day of the Year: ANZAC's Decline
    • Make Love Not War: The Vietnam Veteran and the Anti-War Movement
    • ANZAC's Reinvigoration and the New Australian Nationalism
    • ANZAC at 100: A National Icon Today. And Tomorrow
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

 At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Online journal portfolio (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Online quizzes (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Personal Research Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-HSTX205

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

Please note: This subject 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 subjects 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 subject 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 subject 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.

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