• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies


This course provides a detailed investigation into the history, working and challenges experienced by Australia’s security and intelligence organisations. The course is designed to examine and contrast the varying roles and functions of the various agencies as part of Australia’s national security apparatus in the context of its engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. The course considers how the various intelligence and security functions and organisations have evolved and how they have interacted with society and how they have helped shape Australia’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Describe the components of the Australian Intelligence Community
  2. Explain how and why the AIC came to be configured as it is
  3. Explain the role of the AIC in Australia’s national security community and national security strategy
  4. Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the AIC
  5. Evaluate the significance of the AIC for Australia as an Asia-Pacific power

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial presentation 10%
  2. Short essay 20%
  3. Research Essay 60%
  4. Final Examination 10%

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36 contact hours per semester


Two one-hour lecture sessions per week for 12 weeks and a one-hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks of the semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed at least two STST courses.

Prescribed Texts

Key readings will be provided via Wattle




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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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4806 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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