• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Roger Bradbury
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2019
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The course examines the evolution of cyberspace as a domain where states project power. It considers both hard and soft power as well as espionage and cyber-enabled information warfare and influence operations. It also considers how states are adapting to the threats and opportunities of this new domain. It examines how cyberspace interacts with the traditional domains of land, sea, air and space in which statecraft is prosecuted. And it explores the future of cyberspace and its potential to disrupt ideas of sovereignty and national security. The course takes a highly interdisciplinary approach under a complex systems chapeau and includes humanities, social sciences and natural sciences perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the dynamics of cyberspace as a complex adaptive system
  2. Synthesise a body of knowledge of state interactions in cyberspace and their impact on national security
  3. Analyse the technical, social and political drivers of cyberpower
  4. Demonstrate a good understanding of the interaction of these drivers and the emergence of current cyberspace dynamics through the application of theoretical constructs to practical case studies
  5. Demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation of the emerging forces shaping the future of state interactions in cyberspace through written and oral work
  6. Demonstrate an enhanced capacity to conduct independent research through written and oral work

Indicative Assessment

  1. Preliminary essay (1000 words) 20% (20) [LO null]
  2. Research essay (3000 words) 50% (50) [LO null]
  3. Take-home exam (2000 words) 30% (30) [LO null]

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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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Lindsay JR (2013) Stuxnet and the limits of cyber warfare. Security Studies 22:365-404
Nye JS (2014) The regime complex for managing global cyber activities, Global Commission on Internet Governance
Vaishnav C, Choucri N, Clark D (2013) Cyber international relations as an integrated system. Environment Systems and Decisions 33:561—576
Langø H-I (2013) The limits of compulsory cyber power: Assessing ecological potential and restraints in the digital domain, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo
Kello L (2013) The meaning of the cyber revolution. International Security 38:7-40
Gray CS (2013) Making strategic sense of cyber power: Why the sky is not falling, Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA
Clemente D (2013) Cyber security and global interdependence: What is critical?, Chatham House, London
Choucri N, Clark DD (2013) Who controls cyberspace? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 69:21-31
Cornish P (2011) The vulnerabilities of developed states to economic cyber warfare, Chatham House, London

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge: Students enrolled in this course are assumed to have some knowledge of international politics and current affairs
Required skills: Analytical skills and written and oral communication skills of a high order.
Recommended courses: National Security Policy-making (NSPO8006) and National Security Concepts and Challenges (NSPO8007)


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6821 10 Sep 2019 17 Sep 2019 20 Sep 2019 26 Oct 2019 In Person View

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