• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Margaret Keen
    • AsPr Sinclair Dinnen
    • Mr James Batley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

In 1999 SDSC's Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb coined the term 'arc of instability' to describe the island chain to the north of Australia, ranging from Indonesia through the Pacific islands to New Zealand.  Although this idea is contested, the Australian government consistently identifies this arc as the region from or through which a security threat to Australia could most easily be posed.  As a result, Australia is engaged in extensive efforts to support stability and security in this region, which is the site of the majority of Australia's military deployments, policing operations and development expenditure.  This course critically analyses the security challenges facing this arc, and the efforts Australia is taking to secure the region.  These efforts include transnational crime and counterterrorism cooperation, natural disaster response, intervention and stabilisation, criminal justice assistance, governance capacity-building and development assistance.  It considers the implications of the whole-of-government approach taken by the government, which draws upon the Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police, DFAT and other agencies.  It evaluates the interaction between Australian and local security responses, and the success of efforts to achieve mutually-beneficial partnerships between them.  It also assesses the outlook over the next decade for security in this strategically important region.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Express a comprehensive understanding of the security challenges facing Australia’s arc of instability.
  2. Describe the purpose and activities of the key Australian government agencies working to secure the region.
  3. Critically evaluate the Australian government’s efforts to secure the region.
  4. Demonstrate an insight into the particularities of the security challenges faces states in the region.
  5. Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial presentation 10%
  2. Briefing paper 20%
  3. Crisis simulation and reflective essay 35%
  4. Final take-home examination 35%

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Workload

90 minutes lecture session per week for 10 weeks, a 1-hour tutorial per week for 8 weeks, a one-day (7-hour) crisis simulation and one optional field visit per semester.

Prescribed Texts

Key readings will be provided via Wattle.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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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
2018 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4670 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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