• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Rory Medcalf
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course examines the structures, processes, actors and norms of Australia's national security policymaking system. The central subject matter of the course includes: the purposes of national security policymaking; Australia's national security policymaking architecture; actors and interests in the national security community; practical aspects of national security policymaking including strategy planning and implementation; the role of the private sector, interest groups, the media and academia/think tanks in national security policymaking; leadership in the national security community; national security policymaking in comparable benchmark countries; and the future of national security policymaking in Australia.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse Australia’s national security community
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues concerning policymaking processes in the national security community
  3. Analyse concepts related to planning and implementation in a national security context
  4. Conduct independent research and understand aspects of professional practice within national security agencies
  5. Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills

Indicative Assessment

  • Short Essay - 1,500 words, 30%
  • Research Assignment - 3,000 words, 40%
  • Take-home Exam - 30%

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Workload

One three-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further seven hours per week of independent study. (Five one-hour tutorials will also be offered throughout the semester.)

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed NSPO8001 or NSPO8003.

Prescribed Texts

Course reading list and guide to library resources.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8229 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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