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HIS8001 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 : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


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.


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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 18 May 2022