• Offered by Sch of International Political & Strategic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Joanne Wallis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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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, AusAID 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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

35 contact hours per semester.

 

A 2-hour 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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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:
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
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3240
2007 $3240
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4494 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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