• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charles Miller
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course offers an integrated treatment of the main features of the discipline of strategic studies. It is designed to help students develop strong analytical frameworks for understanding leading strategic issues and also to examine a number of these issues in depth. Specific contents include coverage of the nature of strategy, the relationship between strategy and security, the causes of war, grand strategy, air, land and maritime strategy, legal and ethical issues relating to the use of force, the role of violence in the international system, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, international peacekeeping and stabilisation operations, and the impact of changing military technology.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have built a strong analytical framework for understanding the nature of strategy and investigating leading strategic ideas and issues from classical interstate conflicts to stabilization operations and small wars.  They will have a keen understanding of different approaches to the use of force for the ends of policy (including political, historical, theoretical, geographical, and ethical standpoints). Students will have developed an understanding of how strategy is made in theory and practice and how it is shaped by culture, geography, law, technology, and the way in which organized violence is used.  Students completing this course will have built strong academic foundations to aid them in other courses as they consider strategic issues in their future academic and professional careers.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus, Semester 1

Indicative Assessment

Assignments 60%, Examination 40%

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Students undertaking this course could expect a workload of 20 hours a week. This is inclusive of actual contact hours for lectures and also out of class preparation time.


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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $4296
2014 $5616
2013 $5616
2012 $5616
2011 $5556
2010 $5436
2009 $5340
2008 $5184
2007 $5040
2006 $4824
2005 $4596
2004 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $7596
2014 $7884
2013 $7884
2012 $7884
2011 $7884
2010 $7884
2009 $7632
2008 $7596
2007 $7596
2006 $7596
2005 $7596
2004 $7596
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3680 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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