• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course focuses on transnational threats to Asia-Pacific security. It considers the evolving and typically inter-related nature of these often non-military challenges, while acknowledging their relationships both to international and internal Asia-Pacific security concerns. Among the proposed topics to be covered are: environmental challenges to regional security, including climate change; diseased-based threats; natural disasters; the nexus between transnational organized crime and terrorism; piracy; energy security dilemmas; and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation. The overall objective of this course will be to complement earlier course offerings on international and internal security issues in the Asia-Pacific, therefore encapsulating the more comprehensive notions of security that are a defining feature of security politics in this part of the world.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To provide course members with an empirical understanding of transnational challenges to Asia-Pacific security, both through the material delivered in lectures, as well as via the reading material assigned.
  • To provide course members with a series of analytical frameworks for better understanding the complexities of transnational security challenges in an Asia-Pacific context.
  • To assist course members with developing the skills required to clearly and confidently articulate their ideas regarding transnational challenges to Asia-Pacific security through in-class discussions, a variety of written assessments and tutorial based activities.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial attendance and participation (10 per cent); Essay plan (500 words) (10 per cent);  Research essay (3,000 words) (40 per cent); Take home exam (1,500 words)  (40 per cent).

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34 contact hours per semester

A 2-hour lecture session per week for twelve weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for ten weeks of the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

An E-brick will be provided free of charge to course members




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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

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