• 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
    • Dr Susan Thompson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2017
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In this course students will examine the nexus between state-centric and human security, as well as the difficulties for military forces and humanitarian actors in navigating the 'space' in which they are co-located.  Policies, principles and practices of the Australian Government, the United Nations, and other key international actors and non-government organisations are considered.  Attention is also given to disaster risk reduction and peace-building strategies to help minimise the severity of natural disasters and the reversion of fragile states into conflict. The overall aim of the course is for students to gain a better understanding of the boundaries and complexities of civil-military relations in disaster and conflict situations.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the growing importance of civil-military relations in conflicts and natural disasters, drawing on the fields of international relations, strategic studies, political science, peace and conflict studies, international law, and development studies.
  2. Critically assess current policies relevant to civil-military relations in conflicts and natural disasters.
  3. Demonstrate a capacity for critical reflection so that the assumptions underpinning security concepts and policies can be effectively scrutinised.
  4. Communicate effectively in verbal, written and group contexts to a professional standard.
  5. Conduct research in archives, libraries, and using internet resources.
  6. Exercise attention to detail and analytical rigour in academic writing and analysis.
  7. Appropriately reference sources and quotations utilised in scholarly writing. 
  8. More effectively design and complete a research paper.

Indicative Assessment

6,000 words:

Short essay 20%

Research Essay 50%

Exam 30%

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Workload

One two-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further eight hours per week of independent study.

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

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9673 03 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2017 10 Nov 2017 In Person

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