War, State and Society

Subject 131-101 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: x
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: x
Non Allowed Subjects: x
Core Participation Requirements: x


Dr Steven Welch & Dr Charles Schencking
Subject Overview:

This subject explores the transformative and far-reaching effects that war has had on state, society, and the individual throughout history. With an emphasis on warfare over the past 200 years, this subject will focus on how war has changed from a narrowly defined engagement between military forces, to one that has grown to encompass a 'total experience' involving the mobilization of virtually all segments of society both conceptually and in real terms. We will also trace the interconnectedness between the transformation of war and the development of new technology, changed concepts of morality, 'just war', and altered perceptions of the relationship between the state and the individual. This subject draws from and shows how war has not only influenced the history, politics, and diplomacy of nations, but literature, music, art, technological innovation, and expression of the individual.

Assessment: A primary source document analysis of 2,000 words 40% (due mid-semester), a 2-hour final exam 50% (scheduled during exam period) and tutorial participation 10%.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • sdemonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;

  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;

  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Diploma in Arts (History)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (History)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (History)

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