The War and Peace in World History unit, provided by Macquarie University through Open Universities Australia, asks you to help answer the question of why war is such a major part of human history. It looks at the way that times of war and peace have been shaped and influenced by cultural, social and historical conditions; concepts that can only be understood with the knowledge of the international context in which they occur.
Discuss how war is more than military strategies, as you explore how war is often the stage for developing cultures, societies, new world orders, as well as national and imperial memory.
You will look at the many different ways wars have been fought and the many different reasons they have been waged – from political causes, national freedom and autonomy to religious crusades and dynastic expansion.
Many different countries will be studied in this unit, including Vietnam, New Zealand, Germany and many more. Australia’s participation in wars and how it has shaped the nation’s historical memory and the ANZAC legend will be discussed.
The role of women in times of war will also be looked at in this unit, as well as the colonial context of a great number of conflicts, and the moral dilemmas which occur when considering winners and losers of war.
It’s recommended that students should have studied some history at Level 1 prior to doing this unit.
Areas of study
In this Global History unit, the topics you will study include:
Making war and making peace
Cultures of war and cultures of peace in early modern Europe
Nation, peace and war, 1750-1850
Sovereignty, conflict and empire
The American civil war and difference
Making and unmaking men in WWI
Gender and peace making in the Interwar Years
Motherhood, citizenship and WWII
Sexuality and the cold war
Remembering WWII in an age of decolonisation
The problem of peacekeepers
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management), Curtin University
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Once you have finished your studies in this unit, you will have knowledge of the major conflicts and attempts to make peace in modern history. You will understand how research and academic debate has both challenged and widened the scope of history studies and be able to locate, study and interpret primary and secondary historical sources.
You will also be able to take a critical look at other historians’ arguments and ideas and be able to study existing historical research with the guidance of staff.
Finally, you will know how war is experienced by people of different class, race, gender and location and be aware of subjective views on the history of war.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in War and Peace in World History from Macquarie University.
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