• Class Number 2911
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Joanne Wallis
    • Dr Elizabeth Buchanan
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
    • Aminat Chokobaeva
    • Joshua Heinrichs
    • Nathan Attrill
    • Yu-Hua Chen
SELT Survey Results

Is war likely between global powers the United States and China? Could we see a nuclear conflict in the next decade? Is terrorism still a serious security risk? Should we see climate change as a security challenge?

To answer these questions this course introduces its members to the foundations of the concept of 'security' and then applies them to contemporary case studies to illustrate their relevance. By focussing on both traditional and non-traditional security issues, the course seeks to provide students with analytical frameworks and the empirical basis for better understanding the complexity of contemporary security issues.

Together with STST1003, STST1001 is designed to provide the  foundation for the later-year courses in the Bachelor of International Security program which will look in greater depth at the international, internal and transnational security challenges facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the globe.

Learning Outcomes

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

If you successfully complete the course you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concept of security and the diverse range of traditional and non-traditional security challenges facing the Asia-Pacific;
  • Identify and explain the core analytical and empirical frameworks that are required for undertaking more in-depth analysis of international security challenges covered in later-year courses;
  • Employ written and oral communication skills to clearly and confidently articulate your ideas about international security; and
  • Reflect critically on the key security issues arising in the ‘Asian Century’.

Joanne Wallis and Andrew Carr (eds.) Asia-Pacific Security: An Introduction, Georgetown: Georgetown University Press, 2016.

Alan Collins (ed.), Contemporary Security Studies, ed., 4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

John Baylis, et al. (eds.), Strategy in the Contemporary World, 6th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

John Baylis, et al. (eds.), The Globalization of World Politics, 7th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to security studies/academic skills Tutorial: What does it mean to study security and how do we go about it?
2 Realism/the role of 'great' powers Tutorial: What predictions do realists make about the international security order over the next decade?
3 Military security/flashpoints - RECORDED LECTURE as this is the Canberra Day public holiday Tutorial: How likely is war in the Asia-Pacific, particularly in regional flashpoints?
4 Military power/nuclear weapons Tutorial: Do nuclear weapons make the world safer or more dangerous?
5 Liberalism/the role of multilateral institutions in providing security Tutorial: Will multilateral institutions play an important role in ensuring international security in the future?
6 Constructivism/the relevance of 'middle powers' and 'small states' Tutorial: What roles can middle powers and small states play in the future international security order?
7 Mid-semester break.
8 Mid-semester break.
9 Zones of security/maritime and cyberspace - RECORDED LECTURE as this is the Easter Monday public holiday Tutorial: What differentiates cyberspace from other strategic environments such as land, sea, air, and space?
10 Critical security studies and Copenhagen School/energy security Tutorial: Why is energy security worth our concern?
11 National security/terrorism and transnational crime Tutorial: Are the threats posed by terrorism and transnational crime overstated?
12 Regime and societal security/nationalism, insurgency and civil war Tutorial: How can nationalism pose a security challenge to states?
13 Cosmopolitanism and human security/humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding Tutorial: Should states engage in humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding?
14 Gender and security/the women, peace and security agenda - RECORDED LECTURE as this is the Reconciliation Day public holiday No tutorials this week

Tutorial Registration

Please register for tutorials via the course Wattle site

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial presentation 10 % 31/05/2019 31/05/2019 2, 3
Mid-semester exam 30 % 01/04/2019 15/04/2019 1, 2
Essay synopsis and annotated bibliography 20 % 23/04/2019 13/05/2019 1, 2
Research essay 40 % 31/05/2019 04/07/2019 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


There will be a mid-semester exam. The time and date of that exam will be published by the Examinations Office closer to the exam period.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3

Tutorial presentation

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Mid-semester exam

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Essay synopsis and annotated bibliography

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Research essay

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Joanne Wallis

Research Interests

Dr Joanne Wallis

Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

Research Interests

Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

Aminat Chokobaeva

Research Interests

Aminat Chokobaeva

Joshua Heinrichs

Research Interests

Joshua Heinrichs

Nathan Attrill

Research Interests

Nathan Attrill

Yu-Hua Chen

Research Interests

Yu-Hua Chen

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