• 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
    • Prof Daniel Marston
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2017
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This course develops an understanding of military operations from historical and theoretical perspectives. It explores operations in all three environments – land, sea and air. Through a series of case studies spanning warfare in the mid-20th century until the Iraq conflicts of today [Vietnam, Malayan Emergency, Dhofar, Arab/Israeli Wars, Falklands War and the Iraq wars from 1990] the module examines issues affecting the conduct of operations and their relationship with the strategic and tactical levels of command. The common themes from the ACSC MSDP program will be integrated across the module: the political objective; unity of force (joint and coalition); strategic / military culture; sustainment; learning and adaptation; leadership and command; capability and force structure; operational environment and civ-mil relationships. There are three sessions (12 hours) per week, over the course of 5 weeks.

Other Information

To enrol in this course, you must be studying the Master of Military and Defence Studies Advanced (7828XMMDSA).

Students will enrol in the Master of Military and Defence Studies (7829XMMDS) and complete the 'Strategy' module (STST8102). They will need to attain a mark of over 70% to apply for the Master of Military and Defence Studies Advanced (7828XMMDSA).
Students will need to submit a short essay on the role of history for the military professional (between 500-750 words).
Students will sit for an interview with the Principal of the MDSP and the head of SDSC.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $6840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $9756
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6565 19 Jun 2017 19 Jun 2017 08 Sep 2017 08 Sep 2017 In Person N/A

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