HIST3008 From Sudan to Saddam: Australia's Foreign Wars

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Australia's foreign wars have played a critical role in national life and identity. This unit explores Australian involvement in a range of conflicts, including the New Zealand Maori wars, the Sudan conflict, the Boer War, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf wars, with a focus on the experiences of service personnel, the home front, reporting of war, and commemoration. It raises questions about the place of wars in national histories, myth and memory. It analyses representations of wars in media such as film and fiction, memory and memorial, art and architecture, and in ceremony and commemoration. It discusses the relationship between the reality of war and changing representations of war, including histories of Australia's wars.
Students are able to (1) describe and assess key historiographical, methodological and theoretical issues in understanding Australia's foreign wars; (2) identify and evaluate some of the major methodological challenges in war history, including the range of sources and approaches; (3) demonstrate an understanding of an important aspect of Australia's foreign wars and their domestic contexts; (4) analyse a range of historical sources for essay assessments using appropriate methodologies; (5) relate their interpretations to key historiographical debates in Australia's war history; and (6) present complex arguments engaging with the historiography and methodology of Australia's war history in both written and oral assessments.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) research essay; and (3) workshop participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nadia Rhook
Unit rules
a Level 2 History unit
HIST2270 From Sudan to Saddam: Australia's Foreign Wars
Contact hours
2 hours per week
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