This core course aims to introduce students to the key concepts, debates and trade-offs that surround the concept of national security, as well as the major threats, vulnerabilities and policy responses. At the philosophical core of the subject is the belief that national security is, in the words of Arnold Wolfers, an “ambiguous symbol” - a set of concepts that are attended by great intellectual and political contestation, and which evolve over time. The objective of this course is to assist each student to arrive at an independent and intellectually rigorous definition of national security, and its attendant threats, vulnerabilities and policy responses.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically analyse Australia’s national security community
- Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues concerning the national security community
- Analyse concepts related to planning and implementation in a national security context
- Understand aspects of professional practice within national security agencies
- Conduct independent research
- Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills
Learning outcome to be assessed
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One two-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further eight hours per week of independent study.
Course reading list and guide to library resources.
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