• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse Australia’s national security community
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues concerning the national security community
  3. Analyse concepts related to planning and implementation in a national security context
  4. Understand aspects of professional practice within national security agencies
  5. Conduct independent research
  6. Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills

Indicative Assessment

Assessment Task

Word Count

Assessment Value

Learning outcome to be assessed

Short Essay

2,500

40%

3,4,6

Longer Essay

3,500

60%

1,2,5,6

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Workload

One two-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further eight hours per week of independent study.

Prescribed Texts

Course reading list and guide to library resources.

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4582 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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