• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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National Security Law is a burgeoning field of concern for Government, security agencies, civil rights monitors, and the Australian public. As both the nature of threats (represented by, for example, the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US, or the rise of cyber security as a major national security concern) and the concept of ‘security’ (such as biosecurity) have evolved, legal responses have similarly evolved. This course offers a broad brush across a number of issues concerning national security law. The course will commence with a series of building blocks (heads of power, conceptions of security, historical background). This will then allow more detailed exploration of a series of institutional issues (such as the legislative arrangements for important national security institutions, and the ‘security law’ making and monitoring process), practical issues (such as use of force, and use of classified information in prosecutions), and thematic issues (such as the national security – civil rights balancing debate).

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the concept of ‘national security’ and what it means in an Australian context;
2. Explain and critique the main features of the way in which  Australian national security institutions are organised, and in particular the legal basis on which they operate;
3. Analyse the main features of framework of Australian national security law,  how this legal framework developed and how it currently operates; and
4.  Examine, and critically analyse, practical and thematic issues arising from the way in which national security institutions and laws have developed and currently operate in Australia. 

Indicative Assessment

Mid Semester exam 40% (2500 words) [LO 2 and 3]
Research essay 60 % (3500) [LO 1 and 4]

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Workload

3 contact hours per week, students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course; or equivalent hours if taught intensively.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and completed LAWS1206/6106 Criminal Law and Procedure, LAWS1205/6105 Australian Public Law and LAWS2202/6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law or studying the Juris Doctor (Online) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B.

Preliminary Reading

Dr Carl Ungerer ‘The case for an Australian national security strategy’  ASPI Policy Analysis, 28 July 2011 at http://www.aspi.org.au/publications/publication_details.aspx?ContentID=304&pubtype=-1 

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4906 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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