• 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
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This Masters-level course introduces students to a range of inter-disciplinary concepts, theories and methods that inform much of Strategic Studies academic research. Using the overarching empirical theme of the Cold War -- a recent historical period crucial to the development of Strategic Studies as a discipline -- the course will draw on the rich primary record and secondary literature to give students a foundational grounding in three areas: (1) understanding critical developments during the Cold War and their effects on the development of Strategic Studies; (2) exposure to historiographical and methodological debates in the study of the Cold War; and (3) introduction to the foundational theoretical and conceptual methods employed by scholars in the most influential works on critical themes in Strategic Studies. This course provides the important multi-disciplinary background for postgraduate Strategic Studies, with an emphasis on history, foreign policy analysis, and positivist political science methods.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Communicate knowledge about a range of foundational inter-disciplinary concepts and methods that inform Strategic Studies.
2. Examine and debate these foundational approaches to Strategic Studies.
3. Apply broad working knowledge about the Cold War and its relationship with the development of Strategic Studies as a discipline.
4. Possess a range of basic methodological tools that can be further developed and applied to research in Strategic Studies.

Indicative Assessment

1. Class participation: 10%

2. Short essay (2,000 words): 40%

3. Research essay (4,000 words): 50%

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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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with STST 9010


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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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4539 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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