• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Carr
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course is about strategic and defence policy - it focuses on how Australia develops and uses its armed forces. Australia spends $22 billion each year - 2% of GDP - building armed forces and conducting military operations.  This course explores how that money is spent, and why.  It explores the key questions that underpin the kinds of forces we choose to build. What role does armed force play in Australia's security?  What kinds of operations do our armed forces do to be able to play those roles? Which capabilities can do those operations most cost-effectively?  The course addresses these questions by developing clear connections between Australia's strategic objectives, our capability options and our financial recourses.  Along the way we explore current defence debates and controversies, examine the impacts of different views of the nature of security and the international system on those debates, and look at the big questions for the future.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the conceptual tools to judge the worth of contributions to defence policy debates, to contribute to those debates, and to have started to develop their own ideas about the big defence policy questions that confront Australia.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus

Indicative Assessment

Assignments 60%, Examination 40%

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Students undertaking this course could expect a workload of 10 hours a week. This is inclusive of actual contact hours for lectures and also out of class preparation time.


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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8418 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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