• 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 Russell Glenn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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This course develops an understanding for the conceptualisation, analysis and conduct of intervention operations.  The course will examine the political and strategic context of contemporary intervention operations focusing on: the origins of conflict, instability and their resolution; historical theories of insurgency and counter-insurgency and their context. The development of responses to the contemporary paradigm, including multi-agency and multi-lateral approaches. The common themes from the overall course will be integrated as well: the political objective; unity of force (joint and coalition); strategic / military culture; sustainment; learning and adaptation; leadership and command; capability and force structure; operational environment and civ-mil relationships.


This course is only open to students posted to the Australian Command Staff College.

Learning Outcomes

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


1.       Describe and identify the historical origins and fundamentals of major theories of intervention operations;


2.       Identify and analyse the relationship between strategy and operational practices in counter-insurgency, stabilisation and other intervention operations;


3.     Analyse the context, nature and constituent elements of the contemporary operating environment ;


4.       Analyse the role of multi-agency integration and cooperation in counter-insurgency, stabilisation and other intervention operations;


5.       Evaluate the conduct of counter-insurgency campaigns - both historical and contemporary - from a multi-dimensional perspective embracing social, cultural, political, economic and military factors;


6.       Conduct historical research and critically evaluate historical evidence;


7.       Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

Short Assignment (40%), Essay (30%), Examination (30%)

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Teaching will occur intensively across approximately 20 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:
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
2015 $5916
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $8700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1593 09 Jun 2015 19 Jun 2015 19 Jun 2015 03 Jul 2015 In Person

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