• 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 2015
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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? When can force be used legitimately? How have the causes of war changed across the 20th century? Drawing on the insight of a range of disciplines — political science, international relations, history, and law — the course analyses the causes of war and conflict; the nature of decision-making; and the drivers of international and sub-national conflicts. Case studies to which these theories and approaches will be applied include the First World War, the Balkans in the 1990s, the 2003 Iraq war and Bougainville.

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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
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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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1536 01 Apr 2015 01 Apr 2015 07 May 2015 30 Jun 2015 In Person N/A

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