• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Brendan Taylor
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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This course presents a comprehensive introduction to Australia's current strategic environment including the South West Pacific, South East Asia and North East Asia, Middle East and the global international system.  This course closely links to STST8100 Australian Foreign and Defence Policy, as it sets past, present and future Australian policy into its historical and regional context.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students should be able to:

  1.  Describe and clearly identify the various regions and sub-regions that collectively constitute Australia’s strategic environment.
  2. Analyse the factors – historical, geostrategic, economic, political, cultural and military – shaping Australia’s strategic circumstances.
  3. Identify and analyse the primary sources of stability and instability in Australia’s strategic environment.
  4. Evaluate and be able to explain the strategic options available to Australia in responding to its strategic environment.
  5. Explain and evaluate the implications of the strategic choices Australia makes in responding to its strategic environment.

Demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively – both verbally and in written form – on the subject of Australia’s strategic environment.

Indicative Assessment

Short Assignment (20%), Essay (40%), Examination (40%)

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Teaching will occur intensively across approximately 10 working days.  Assessment is scheduled during and after the teaching period as part of the overall program timetabling.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must be studying Graduate Diploma of Military and Defence Studies or Graduate Certificate of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies Advanced.

Prescribed Texts

Core reading materials will be available as an e-brick.



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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1699 31 Aug 2015 11 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 30 Sep 2015 In Person

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