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HIS8001 War and Society (Masters)

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: War and Society (Masters)
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Libby Connors


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MARA or BAHN or BCAH or MSTA.
Enrolment is not permitted in HIS8001 if HIS4001 has been previously completed.

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This is a Masters course for International Relations and History students. It provides an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of the way war has changed over the last 200 years or so, how it has re-shaped international relations but also its profound impacts on society as a result of the internal divisions it generates. Students will have an opportunity to explore war’s impact at the international, national and personal level but always with a grounding in the Australian experience. It also introduces students to historical efforts to control the most aggressive behaviours of nation-states and the worst behaviours in war by introducing students to the origins of Just War Theory, its influence on contemporary international law, and its usefulness as an ethical framework for their own analytical approaches.


The experience of war is one which generates conflict between the societies or states engaged in warfare. It also generates conflict and responses within those societies engaged in conflict. This seminar will discuss ways in which the state, interstate groups and domestic social groups have responded to the impact of war, with a primary focus on the experience of Australia at war. It will consider the themes of nationalism, interstate relations, social class, gender, race, anti-war protest, religion and ethnicity.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. recognise, define, and apply the essential terminology of war and society studies
  2. Analyse critically the ways in which the state and other actors have responded to warfare
  3. describe the historical evolution of Australian responses to warfare, and the place this has played in the construction of Australian society
  4. assess the application of the study of war and society to selected case studies
  5. demonstrate advanced analytical and writing skills in the History and International Relations disciplines.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Assessing war: ethical and research issues 10.00
2. Terra Nullius and Australian frontier conflict: colonial military engagements 10.00
3. World War 1 5.00
4. Hughes and the home front 10.00
5. The Anzac legend and Australian society 10.00
6. Australia at war 1939-45: the expansion of state powers 10.00
7. Australia at war 1939-45: Europe and the Middle East 5.00
8. Australia at war 1939-45: The Pacific 5.00
9. The Vietnam War: strategic dimensions 5.00
10. The anti-war movement: domestic and international comparisons 10.00
11. Nuclear armaments in the South Pacific - implications of the 'Rainbow Warrior' 10.00
12. Ethnicity and the Australian Defence Force 5.00
13. Gender and war, peacekeeping, post September 11, 2001: the impact of terrorism on Australian society and security. 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Beaumont, J (ed) 1995, Australia's War, 1914-18, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, New South Wales.
Beaumont, J (ed) 1996, Australia's War, 1939-45, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, New South Wales.
Walzer, M 2004, Arguing about War, Yale University Press, New Haven Connecticutt.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Baylis, J et al 2016, Strategy in the contemporary world: an introduction to strategic studies, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
Booth, K & Dunne, T (eds.) 2002, Worlds in collision: terror and the future of global order, Macmillan, New York.
Grey, J 2008, A military history of Australia, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
LITERATURE REVIEW 1000-1500 WD 100 30 19 Aug 2019
SEMINAR ESSAY 100 70 18 Oct 2019 (see note 1)

  1. 3,000 words

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.