• 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 PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security (STST8051)

This course explores Australia's longstanding enthusiasm for strategic alliance relationships. It examines the roots of Australia's first major strategic tie with the United Kingdom in the years prior to the Second World War and the reasons for its eventual demise. A series of case studies examining the highs and lows in Australia's longstanding strategic alliance with the United States are then undertaken, including the formation of the ANZUS alliance in 1951; the Korea and Vietnam Wars; the New Zealand nuclear ship visits crisis and tensions over Australia's hosting of the ‘joint facilities', as well as more recent alliance dynamics surrounding the so-called ‘War on Terror' and the Iraq War. Finally, the course considers unfolding power shifts in the current strategic order with the potential both to solidify and to fundamentally challenge Australia's longstanding ‘alliance enthusiasm'.

Learning Outcomes

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

Through a series of formal seminars and written assessments, for students to gain a deeper understanding of the sources, dynamics, and potential limitations to Australia's longstanding enthusiasm for strategic alliance relationships.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus 

Indicative Assessment

Short assignment 20% Essay 40% Exam 40%

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Standard SDSC week-long intensive delivery. Based in Canberra on ANU campus. Morning and Afternoon teaching sessions for 5 days. Assessment will be spread throughout the teaching period with the final piece of assessment being the examination in the official ANU examination period.


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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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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