• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Ethics, Security Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adam Henschke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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As Australia faces challenges ranging from domestic terrorism to cybersecurity to climate change, discussions around national security will continue to play across our community, in the media and in policy making. This course examines the ethical norms that both underpin and limit national security. It has a particular focus on the way that the relationships between those ethical norms pose challenges for national security policy and practice. It explores how, and the extent to which, ethical considerations can and should influence decisions about national security. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the special ethical challenges raised by contemporary national security challenges that will be faced by Australia now and into the future.
2. Explain the concepts and assumptions underpinning the ethics, norms and values of security policies
3. Evaluate national security policy options in ethical terms.
4. Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise core concepts and theories of ethics and security, and be able to then communicate this knowledge to specialists and non-specialists.

Indicative Assessment

1. Short Essay:  20%, 1,000 Words. 
2. Research Essay: 50%, 3,000.
3. End of semester Examination: 30%.

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Workload

One two-hour seminar per week (over 12 weeks) with the expectation of a further seven hours per week of independent study

Prescribed Texts

Required readings will be drawn from books and articles, as given in the unit outline.

Preliminary Reading

Brian Orend, The Morality Of War, 2nd Edition, Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2013
C. A. J. Coady, Morality and Political Violence, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Thomas Rid, Cyber War Will Not Take Place, London: Hurst, 2013.
Michael Skerker, An Ethics of Interrogation, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Nigel Dower, The Ethics of War and Peace: Cosmopolitan and Other Perspectives, Cambridge: Polity, 2009.
Peter W. Singer, Allan Friedman, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know¸Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Gregory M. Reichberg, Henrik Syse, and Endre Begby (eds.), The Ethics of War: Classical and
Contemporary Readings, Malden MA: Blackwell, 2006.
John Locke, Two Treatises of Government, ed. by Peter Laslett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), chs. 2-3 (pp. 269-282), and §87-88 (pp. 323-325).
Jean-Jaques Rousseau, The Social Contract And Discourses,  Tranlated By GDH Cole, Everyman's Library Edition, 1947, pp. v- 116
Michael Selgelid, Universal Norms And Conflicting Values, Developing World Bioethics, 5, 3, 2005

Indicative Reading List

David Omand, Securing The State, Oxford University Press, 2010
Barry Buzan, Ole Waever and Japp de Wilde, Security: A New Framework For Analysis, Lynee and Renner Publishers 1998
Shelly Kagan, Normative Ethics, Westview Press, 1998
Brian Orend, The Morality Of War, 2nd Edition, Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2013
Hedley Bull, ‘Strategic Studies and Its Critics’, World Politics 20, no. 4 (1968): 593-605.
Ian Clark, Waging War: A Philosophical Introduction, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.
C. A. J. Coady, Morality and Political Violence, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Thomas Rid, Cyber War Will Not Take Place, London: Hurst, 2013.
Michael Skerker, An Ethics of Interrogation, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Nigel Dower, The Ethics of War and Peace: Cosmopolitan and Other Perspectives, Cambridge: Polity, 2009.
Peter W. Singer, Allan Friedman, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know¸Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Gregory M. Reichberg, Henrik Syse, and Endre Begby (eds.), The Ethics of War: Classical and
Contemporary Readings, Malden MA: Blackwell, 2006.
Larry May, ‘Killing Naked Soldiers: Distinguishing between Combatants and Noncombatants’, Ethics and International Affairs 19, no. 3 (2005): 39-53.
John Locke, Two Treatises of Government, ed. by Peter Laslett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), chs. 2-3 (pp. 269-282), and §87-88 (pp. 323-325).
Jean-Jaques Rousseau, The Social Contract And Discourses,  Tranlated By GDH Cole, Everyman's Library Edition, 1947, pp. v- 116
Michael Selgelid, Universal Norms And Conflicting Values, Developing World Bioethics, 5, 3, 2005
Michael Selgelid, A Moderate Pluralist Approach to Public Health Policy and Ethics, Public Health Ethics, 2, 2, 2009
Michael Selgelid and Christian Enemark, Infectious Diseases, Security And Ethics, Bioethics 22, 9 2008

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
9687 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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