HUMN 3094 War and Society in the Twentieth Century

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101993

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Description This unit explores the social and cultural history of warfare in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the experience of 'ordinary' men and women during the First and Second World Wars. Drawing on case studies and scholarship from Australia, Britain and the United States, students will examine a diverse range of topics and themes, including the politics of gender, class and race in wartime.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects HUMN 2060 - War and Society 20th Century Australia

Restrictions Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Describe the major themes of the social and cultural history of warfare in the twentieth century.
  2. Discuss relevant case studies drawn from Australian, British and American examples.
  3. Analyse the major conflicts of the twentieth century.
  4. Interpret and critically engage with historical scholarship.

Subject Content

Topics may include
1. The experience of combat and its social and cultural ramifications.
2. Gender, sexuality and war.
3. Race and ethnicity in wartime.
4. The politics of class on active service and on the home-front.
5. Repatriation and reintegration at war?fs end.
6. The experience of veterans.
7. Memorialisation and the commemoration of wars and the war dead.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay 2,000 words 40 N Individual
Presentation and Report 5 minutes; 1,000 words 20 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual

Summer B

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay: Extended Writing Task 2,000 words 50 N Individual
Log/Workbook 1,000 words 35 N Individual
Quiz 4 quizzes 15 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • A Subject Reader to be purchased through Connect or available electronically through vUWS.

Teaching Periods