ANZACs: Australians at War, an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, is a new unit introduced in 2015 to mark the Gallipoli campaign’s centenary. It will explore how all wars involving Australia have affected the country and its sense of national identity.
The time frame for this unit is broad, tracing the Australian experience of war and the effects of war on national life from the period prior to colonisation to Australia’s participation in the War on Terror in the not so distant past. There will be special focus on exploring how war has moulded national identity in Australia.
The topics that this unit covers include whether an ‘Australian way of war’ exists; ANZAC as an idea in Australian consciousness; gender, race and ethnicity; and commemoration and the legacy of war. Students will gain experience in handling a range of sources, including film and literature as well as secondary sources such as official records.
There are no prerequisites for this unit; so anyone can apply
Areas of study
In this ANZACs: Australians at War unit, the topics you will study include:
The ANZAC legend and the militarisation of Australian history
Before ANZAC: wars of empire
Before ANZAC: frontier wars
Gallipoli and beyond: the birth of ANZAC
A land fit for heroes: the returned serviceman
Sons of ANZAC: WWII
Demobbed: repatriation and post-war reconstruction
Australia's Asian garrisons: from BCOF to Butterworth and beyond
The one day of the year: ANZAC's decline
Make love not war: the Vietnam veteran and the anti-war movement
ANZAC's reinvigoration and the new Australian nationalism
ANZAC at 100: a national icon today. And tomorrow
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
This unit is an approved elective for the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
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The online ANZACs: Australians at War unit provides students with an insight into how Australia’s experiences of warfare throughout history has shaped the country, and, in particular, contributed to its national identity.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have a solid grasp of the main events in Australia’s military history, from conflicts preceding European settlement right up to the recent War on Terror. Ultimately, students will complete this unit with the ability to analyse contemporary debates about the role of the military and military conflict in Australia in the present day. Students will also be able to analyse and evaluate a wide range of historic resources that are both visual, such as film, and textual, including everything from official documents to fictional literature.
This unit explores the historiography of the Australian military, focusing on the debates and views that have informed existing historical literature in this realm. The unit is also an opportunity for students to develop their oral communication skills, take part in group discussions and improve their collaborative skills.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in ANZACs: Australians at War from Macquarie University.
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Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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