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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedPrato Winter semester 2010 (Off-campus Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Bruce Scates


This Unit centres on a study tour of the Gallipoli peninsula, a visit to the ancient site of Troy and/or a cruise through the historic Greek islands to the WWII battlefields of Crete. It will be based at the Prato Study Centre near Florence where lectures/seminars will introduce students to Australians' experience of war. Topics will include the making of the Anzac legend, war and the experience of overseas travel, Homeric tradition and the changing nature of battle, pilgrimage, cultural tourism and the making of commemorative landscapes abroad. Students will be required to research a campaign in depth and present their findings on a former battlefield or related site of memory.


On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  1. a critical understanding of the history of Australia's involvement in the world wars and the way these conflicts have been remembered and commemorated;
  2. an in depth understanding of the lived experience of war and an ability to interrogate personal testimonies;
  3. a knowledge of the historical and social context of Australia's involvement in particular campaigns during the first and second world wars and how these have redefined Australia's relationship with the region and the world;
  4. a familiarity with the major historiographical issues surrounding the impact of world war and 'total war' on Australian identity and society;
  5. an ability to conduct independent research;
  6. an ability to write expressively and critically on the complex questions of involvement in human conflict;
  7. an understanding of different theoretical approaches to the writing of history and the history of total war in particular (third year students would be expected to acquire and demonstrate a greater degree of sophistication in applying critical and theoretical approaches).


Assignment based on excursion (2000 words): 20%
One major essay (4000 words): 40%
Class presentation
journal: 20%
Test (1 hour): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Bruce Scates

Contact hours

12 hours (4 x 1 hour lecture + 4 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian studies


First year Arts sequence or equivalent


AUS2002, AUS2003,AUS3003, AUS2004, AUS3004, AUS2005, AUS3005