• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Joan Beaumont
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2014
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This course examines the seemingly ineradicable phenomenon of war and conflict through studying global wars and the far more prevalent local conflicts. We explore a range of questions including: What is war? Why do nations and peoples resort to conflict? Can conflict be good? Who are insurgents? What is terrorism? How do nations and individuals remember war? Is future war inevitable? Drawing on the insight of a range of disciplines — political science, strategic studies, international relations, anthropology, history, law, gender studies and psychology — the course analyses the causes of war and conflict; the nature of security and strategic decision-making; the drivers of international and sub-national conflicts; the use of technologies and tactics; and the representation of war and in public memory. The regional orientation of this course is the Asia-Pacific region but case studies can be drawn more widely.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: 

  1. Analyse, synthesize and critique a range of disciplinary explanations and theories of the causes of war and conflict
  2. Apply theoretical understandings of war and conflict to selected case studies of war and conflict, global and civil/local.
  3. Undertake research from a range of sources.
  4. Verbally articulate ideas about war and conflict.

Indicative Assessment

1.       Seminar participation 10%

2.       Critical essay 2000 words: 30%

3.       Research essay 4000 words: 60 %

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Standard SDSC week-long intensive delivery. Based in Canberra on ANU campus. Morning and Afternoon teaching sessions for 5 days. Assessment will be spread throughout the teaching period with the final piece of assessment being the examination in the official ANU examination period.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible ASIA1021


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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $852
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2592
2007 $2520
2006 $2412
2005 $2298
2004 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1722
2014 $3942
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3816
2008 $3798
2007 $3798
2006 $3798
2005 $3798
2004 $3798
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4636 01 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 07 May 2014 30 Jun 2014 In Person N/A

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