• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Carr
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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This course presents a comprehensive introduction to Australia’s foreign and defence policies, and the ideas, events and circumstances that shape them.  It aims to provide students with the concepts, ideas and information to understand and analyse how foreign and defence policies have developed in Australia, the key domestic and international debates about the formulation of foreign and defence policy, and the issues shaping  the development and implementation of these policies today. Specific content will include: The concept of foreign and defence policies, as distinct from strategic policy. The development of the key institutions such as the Department of Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The debates over expeditionary versus defence of Australia approaches to defence policy, the debates over middle power, engagement, alliance and independence in foreign policy. The role of diplomacy and economic relationships in international affairs and the history of Australia’s changing relationship with its region.


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

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Describe and identify the major concepts underlying Australian foreign and defence policy.

2. Critically analyse the development of foreign and defence policies and identify the key concepts such as middle power, expeditionary, defence of Australia, engagement, alliance and independence.

3. Analyse the historical development of Australia’s foreign and defence policies and how this history shapes and informs contemporary policy choices.

4. Describe and analyse contemporary debates about the current and future Australian foreign and defence policies, their public and political appeal, and regional reactions.

5. Conduct research and develop policy arguments on key issues of foreign and defence policy. 

6. Demonstrate effective communications skills.

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:
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.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1552 14 Sep 2015 18 Sep 2015 18 Sep 2015 30 Sep 2015 In Person N/A

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