Making Love not War: A History of Australian Pacifism

Take a look at those who opposed war every time they had a choice. Is pacifism the most moral choice? What were the consequences for the individuals, their communities, and Australian society as a whole? Is pacifist just another word for coward or was there a price to be paid? Who were the groups and the leaders who stood for peace? Did they ever succeed?


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • 19th Century: Quakers, Crimean War, Sudan War, Boer War
  • Pre-WWI: Dr Charles Strong, Cadets and the militarisation of society
  • First World War: Conscription debates, Vida Goldstein and the women’s movement
  • Between The Wars: League of Nations
  • Second World War
  • Vietnam War: Conscription, Protests, Conscientious Objectors
  • 21st Century: Gulf War, Contemporary Australia

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Account for the ebbs and flows of pacifism through Australian history.
  2. Identify the main groups opposed to war and their related values and causes.
  3. Describe the significance of important Australian pacifists: their lives and their influence.
  4. Outline the arguments pacifists advocate in general, and in relation to specific situations.
  5. Discuss issues of fear, courage, personal liberty, and social responsibility in relation to Australian pacifists.
  6. Discuss the consequences of the peace movement for individual pacifists and for Australian society.
$65 Limited

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