AIH238 - Australia in the Age of Total War 1914-1945

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Bart Ziino
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:

AIH232/AIH332, AIH233/AIH333, AIH338

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit examines critically several themes about the role that Australia played in the two world wars and the impact of those wars on Australian society. The themes to be studied include:

  • the debate over fighting 'other peoples' wars';
  • the methods by which different wars were fought;
  • the soldiers' experience of war and return;
  • conscription, conscientious objection and popular opposition;
  • dissent in wartime;
  • gender and war;
  • aftermath of wars, including repatriation, broken bodies, broken minds, grief and loss;
  • citizenship issues and war, including internment of aliens;
  • the impact of war on the Australian state, national policies and the economy;
  • the representing of Australia's wars, including film;
  • comparisons with the war experiences of other nations and the ANZAC legend;
  • memory of war.
ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Australia's involvement in the two World Wars

GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically analyse and use primary source documents in the writing of history

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Develop high-level skills in the research and writing of history as a self-managed learner

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Become more critically aware of and question the assumptions and knowledge that you bring to the study of Australia's war history

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Understand the history of different cultures and nations involved the two World Wars

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Class/Online Exercises (Weekly Questions) 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Ongoing
Assessment 2 - Research Essay proposal 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 5
Assessment 3 - Research essay 2000 words
or equivalent

Weeks 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIH238
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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