ANZAC: Australians at War
Evaluate the ANZAC legend's place in Australian life and mythology. Revisit some of Australia's armed conflicts before and after the Battle for Gallipoli. Deconstruct the digger myth. Address conscription, nationalism and the legacy of war.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
- find, analyse and apply historical information
- communicate effectively in a range of written forms
- participate actively in group discussions
- develop and/or enhance collaborative skills
- describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
- criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
- 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
- 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
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-MHIX205-ANZAC: Australians at War
- OtherDetails -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as MHIX205 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. This unit will explore the impact of armed conflict on Australian national life. As well as tracing the history of the major conflicts that have engaged Australians from before white colonisation 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 militarization of Australian History; the 'Australian way of war'; gender, race and ethnicity; relationships with allies and enemies; the homefront; loss, disability and rehabilitation; and other legacies of war and commemoration. A range of sources will be used to examine these themes. An innovative feature of the unit will be an assessment structure in which students develop a history project around the influence or impact of war in their local communities. This project will link the personal and local to the broader themes explored in the unit encouraging independent and creative thinking as well as empathetic exploration of historical actors and communities. One component of this project for students comfortable with technology will be the opportunity to develop an audio/visual research output.
- Online journal portfolio (30%)
- Online quizzes (20%)
- Personal Research Report (50%)
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