• 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
    • Dr John Blaxland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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To enrol in this course students must be employees of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Defence and have completed the Defence Short Course.

This course focuses on the foundations for defence policy making and exploring these key conceptual ideas and functions through contemporary policy issues. It will investigate the key questions that underpin ADF force structure; the role and function of the ANZUS alliance; the kinds of operations that the ADF has carried out in the past and may be asked to undertake in the future; the structure and development of defence policy in Australia; financing defence policy; capability acquisition and the strategic environment. The course addresses these questions by laying down the foundations of this policy area and then addressing them through using a series of contemporary challenges facing Australia. This is done in order to analyse both conceptual foundations as well as issues such as Australia's contemporary strategic objectives and interests.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the foundations and process of defence policy making in Australia

2. Critically evaluate key strategic policy making decisions in Australian defence history.

3. Apply conceptual and theoretical understandings of Australian strategic policy making to contemporary case studies.

4. Undertake research from a range of sources.

5. Verbally articulate ideas about Australian Defence Policy.

Other Information

As STST8033 is linked to a joint program between the Defence Department and the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, this course has no fees for students who are eligible to enrol (please refer to the Requisites section above for enrolment eligibility).

Indicative Assessment

Assessment Task - Word Count - Assessment Value - Learning outcome to be assessed

Online Tasks - 500 - 10% - 1 & 5

Short Assignment - 800-1000 - 20% - 2, 4 & 5

Briefing Paper - 1500-2000 - 30% - 3, 4 & 5

Essay - 3000 - 40% - 2, 3, 4, & 5

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A three day intensive defence short course program plus post-intensive online tasks and seminars.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course students must be employees of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Defence and have completed the Defence Short Course Program with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.


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:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9866 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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