Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedPrato Term 3 2014 (Off-campus Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Bruce Scates


This is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled - see the Arts Prato page for further information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/prato/
Previously coded AUS3002


This Unit begins with a study tour of Istanbul and the Gallipoli Peninsula, walking the gullies and the ridges and reconstructing the Anzac campaign of 1915. We then move to Prato (near Florence) for a week of seminars/workshops and excursions to commemorative sites in Florence and Bologna. After Prato, we will fly to Brussels for the Western Front component, exploring the major Australian battles and museums in Flanders and on the Somme. The program concludes in Paris. A series of onsite lectures and workshops will introduce students to the nature and experience of war on the Gallipoli peninsula and the Western Front. Topics will include the making of the Anzac Legend, war and the experience of overseas travel, the Homeric tradition and the changing nature of battle, pilgrimage, cultural tourism, the making of commemorative landscapes, the demise of the Ottoman Empire and the making of a new Europe. While based on the Gallipoli Peninsula, students will research a battle in depth and present their findings on the battlefield or related site of memory.


Students who engage with the unit content will develop:

  1. A critical understanding of the history of Australia's involvement in the Great War and the way that conflict has been remembered and commemorated.
  2. An in depth understanding of the lived experience of war and an ability to locate and interrogate personal testimonies and other primary sources to assist in this understanding.
  3. Knowledge of the historical and social context of Australia's involvement in the Great War the impact of this involvement on Australia's relationship with the region and the world.
  4. A familiarity with the major historiographical issues surrounding the impact of World War I on Australian identity and society.
  5. An understanding of the impact of the First World War on civil society and how the war shaped Europe and the Middle East in the twentieth century.
  6. An ability to conduct independent research and to work collaboratively in groups.
  7. An ability to communicate expressively and critically in both oral and written forms on the complex questions of involvement in human conflict.
  8. An understanding of different theoretical approaches to the writing of history and the history of warfare in particular (third year students would be expected to acquire a greater degree of sophistication in applying critical and theoretical approaches).
  9. Personal skills in the course of their travel and engagement with people from other cultures.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

36 contact hours

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


Two gateway units inArts or equivalent


ATS2387, ATS2388, ATS3388, ATS2389, ATS3389, ATS2390, ATS3390