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MHIS205 – ANZAC: Australians at War

2017 – S1 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Head of Department
Sean Brawley
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W6A421
Lecturer
Matthew Bailey
Contact via email
W6A414
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
The ANZAC Legend has long been at the core of Australian mythology. With 2015 marking the Centenary of the Gallipoli campaign and the birth of this legend, this new unit will explore the impact of armed conflict on Australian national life. As well as tracing the history of the major conflicts that have engaged Australians from before white colonisation to the War on Terror, the course will explore how the experience of war has shaped national identity. Themes will include; the idea of ANZAC and the militarization of Australian History, the 'Australian way of war'; gender, race and ethnicity; relationships with allies and enemies; the homefront; loss, disability and rehabilitation; and other legacies of war and commemoration. A range of sources — from literature to film, from private diaries to official records — will be used to examine these themes. An innovative feature of the on-campus version of the unit will be a collaborative undergraduate research project that will contribute to an exhibition to be held in the Museum of Australian History as one of the University's public contributions to the centenary of ANZAC.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  2. Find, analyse and apply historical information
  3. Communicate effectively in oral forms, and in a range of written forms
  4. Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  5. Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  6. Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

General Assessment Information

In order to satisfactorily complete this unit you are required to use the resources supplied to you, to complete all assessment tasks, and submit them by their respective submission dates (unless an extension has been arranged). 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Quizz 20% Weekly
Major Research Project 50% Thursday Week 12
Online Reflective Portfolio 30% Weekly

Online Quizz

Due: Weekly
Weighting: 20%

This tasks consists of ten online quizzes with each quiz worth 2% of the final grade. The quiz will be delivered and graded through the learning management system and will be based on the videos and readings for the relevant week.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information
  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia

Major Research Project

Due: Thursday Week 12
Weighting: 50%

This is an individual project. Students will select a war memorial, take digital photographs of it, and collate data on the names represented on the memorial. They will analyse this data using secondary contextual research, and also put together information about the memorial's place in their local community. This will be presented in a report at the end of semester.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information
  • Communicate effectively in oral forms, and in a range of written forms
  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life

Online Reflective Portfolio

Due: Weekly
Weighting: 30%

Guided questions will assist students to reflect on the unit content and learning outcomes. Each week tasks will be set to which students will respond in their portfolio. In addition, at the end of every week they will reflect on the themes and issues presented and discussed.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information
  • Communicate effectively in oral forms, and in a range of written forms
  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  • Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

Delivery and Resources

You will be provided with videos, resources, readings and links on the unit's iLearn site. You will also conduct elements of your own research in preparation for online discussions, weekly quizzes and group work. Each week you will be required to engage with the material provided and to discuss it with your peers and in conjunction with your instructor. 

 

Unit Schedule

1.The ANZAC Legend and the Militarisation of Australian History

2. Before ANZAC: Frontier Wars 

3. Before ANZAC: Wars of Empire

4. Gallipoli and Beyond: The Birth of ANZAC

5. A Land Fit for Heroes?: The Returned Serviceman

6. Sons of ANZAC: WWII

7. Demobbed: Demobilisation and Repatriation

8. Australia's Asian Garrisons: From BCOF to Butterworth and Beyond

9. The One Day of the Year: ANZAC's Decline

10. Make Love Not War: The Vietnam Veteran and the Anti-War Movement

11. ANZAC's Reinvigoration and the New Australian Nationalism

12. ANZAC at 100: A National Icon Today. And Tomorrow?

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information

Assessment task

  • Major Research Project

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in oral forms, and in a range of written forms
  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  • Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

Assessment tasks

  • Major Research Project
  • Online Reflective Portfolio

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  • Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

Assessment tasks

  • Online Quizz
  • Major Research Project
  • Online Reflective Portfolio

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information
  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  • Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

Assessment tasks

  • Online Quizz
  • Major Research Project

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information
  • Communicate effectively in oral forms, and in a range of written forms
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  • Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

Assessment tasks

  • Online Quizz
  • Major Research Project
  • Online Reflective Portfolio

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
  • Find, analyse and apply historical information
  • Communicate effectively in oral forms, and in a range of written forms
  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia

Assessment tasks

  • Major Research Project
  • Online Reflective Portfolio

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  • Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

Assessment task

  • Online Reflective Portfolio

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life
  • Understand and discuss the ways in which Australian historians have written and argued about the role of war and the military in Australian national life

Assessment task

  • Online Reflective Portfolio

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe and understand key events in the military history of Australia
  • Criticially analyse contemporary debates about the place of the military and armed conflict in Australian national life

Assessment tasks

  • Online Quizz
  • Online Reflective Portfolio

Changes from Previous Offering

The previous offering employed a group project as the major piece of assessment. This has been changed to an individual project.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
03/04/2017 Date for external student research project did not line up with that of the internal research project.