• Class Number 8571
  • Term Code 2970
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Lyndon McCauley
    • Lyndon McCauley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 28/10/2019
  • Class End Date 21/12/2019
  • Census Date 15/11/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/11/2019
SELT Survey Results

In this course students will examine the nexus between state-centric and human security, as well as the difficulties for military forces and humanitarian actors in navigating the 'space' in which they are co-located.  Policies, principles and practices of the Australian Government, the United Nations, and other key international actors and non-government organisations are considered.  Attention is also given to disaster risk reduction and peace-building strategies to help minimise the severity of natural disasters and the reversion of fragile states into conflict. The overall aim of the course is for students to gain a better understanding of the boundaries and complexities of civil-military relations in disaster and conflict situations.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the growing importance of civil-military relations in conflicts and natural disasters, drawing on the fields of international relations, strategic studies, political science, peace and conflict studies, international law, and development studies.
  2. Critically assess current policies relevant to civil-military relations in conflicts and natural disasters.
  3. Demonstrate a capacity for critical reflection so that the assumptions underpinning security concepts and policies can be effectively scrutinised.
  4. Communicate effectively in verbal, written and group contexts to a professional standard.
  5. Conduct research in archives, libraries, and using internet resources.
  6. Exercise attention to detail and analytical rigour in academic writing and analysis.
  7. Appropriately reference sources and quotations utilised in scholarly writing. 
  8. More effectively design and complete a research paper.

Field Trips

Field trips to the Australian Civil-Military Centre in Queanbeyan and the Australian Federal Police training facility at Majura will take place from 12 to 14 November. The trips will involve lectures from technical experts in civil-military coordination and will inform students on the challenges necessary to complete their essays. Students will need to provide their own transport for these field trips, but car-pooling arrangements will hopefully make this easier. Lunch and morning tea will be provided at the Australian Civil Military Centre on 12th and 14th of November, whereas the trip to the AFP training facility on the 13th will be complete by lunch time. Further details will be provided in lectures during week one.

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 Lectures x 2 at NSC, 4 & 6 November 3-5pm
2 Field trip to the Australian Civil Military Centre (0815 to1700) on 12 & 14 Nov and Australian Federal Police (0830 to 1300) on November Short essay due 11:55pm 11 November
3 Lecture at NSC 21 November 3 - 5pm Scenario response/take home exam due 1159pm 17 November
4 Major essay due 11:55pm 25 November

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Minor essay 20 % 11/11/2019 25/11/2019 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Scenario response take home paper 30 % 17/11/2019 01/12/2019 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Major essay 50 % 25/11/2019 19/12/2019 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 11/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Minor essay

A 1,000 word essay on a topic from the first week's reading list, which will constitute 20% of overall grade. This essay is due at 11:55pm on 11 November 2019.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 17/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/12/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Scenario response take home paper

Students will receive the conflict/disaster scenario and questions to complete on Friday 15 November at 930am and will need to submit their response by 1159pm on Sunday 17 November. This item is worth 30% of the overall grade and has a 2,000 word limit. It is essential to attend the field trip to the Australian Civil Military Centre and Australian Federal Police from 12 to 14 November to receive the necessary information to complete this scenario.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 25/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 19/12/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Major essay

A 3,000 word essay worth 50% of student grade for the course. Questions for this essay will be distributed during the course and the essay is to be submitted by 11:55pm on 25 November.

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).
Lyndon McCauley

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Lyndon McCauley

Monday 16:30 18:00
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Lyndon McCauley
02 6125 6261

Research Interests

Lyndon McCauley

Monday 16:30 18:00
By Appointment

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