• Class Number 4690
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Shannon Zimmerman
    • Shannon Zimmerman
  • 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
    • Bradley Peppinck
    • Madeleine Nugent
    • Martin Hess
    • Zahid Mumtaz
SELT Survey Results

Asia's economic rise has benefited Australian immensely in commercial terms. From a security perspective, however, it presents a raft of potentially significant dilemmas. This course examines the immense promise and potential strategic pitfalls that confront Australia at the dawn of the so-called Asian century. Questions to be examined in this course include: might Australia be forced to make a choice between its leading trading partner China and its closest security ally the United States if and when strategic competition deepens between these two regional heavyweights? What alternative security arrangements might Australia seek as the relative strategic weight of its American ally declines in the face of Asia's rise? How might Australia compensate for the fact that it might no longer be able to maintain a clear military technological edge over many of its increasingly prosperous Southeast Asian neighbours? And will Australia be forced to cede ground in its own South Pacific sphere of influence as Asia's great powers become increasingly interested and engaged in this part of the world?

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To provide course members with a greater empirical understanding of the range of national security challenges confronting Australia at the dawn of the so-called 'Asian century', both through the material delivered in lectures, as well as via the reading material assigned.
  • To provide course members with a series of analytical frameworks for better understanding the complexities of the national security challenges confronting Australia at the dawn of the Asian century.
  • To assist course members with developing the skills required to clearly and confidently articulate their ideas regarding Australia's national security challenges in the Asian century through in-class discussions, a variety of written assessments and tutorial based activities.

There is no essential preliminary reading for this course, but you are encouraged to explore these books before we start:

·        Dean, Fruehling and Taylor [eds.] Australia’s Defence: Towards a new Era? Melbourne: Melboure University Press 2014

·        Gyngell, Alan. Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942, Melbourne: Black Inc 2017.

It would also be a great idea—if you are not doing so already—to read the Lowy Interpreter http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/ and ASPI Strategist http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/ blogs regularly. 

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 What Makes Australia Secure? Lecture: 25 February Introductory lecture and discussion of course organisation and assignments. This is a vital week to attend.
2 Looking Back (1788-1970) Lecture: 4 March Part 1 of the history of Australian foreign and defence policies.
3 Looking Back (1970-2019) Lecture: 11 March Part 2 of the history of Australian foreign and defence policies.
4 Looking Forward Lecture: 18 March This week we look at the 'Asian Century' and discuss the current and future security environment for Australia.
5 Policy Lecture: 25 March This week we discuss what Australia can do about the security challenges it may face. We will discuss how Australia's government designs and makes national policy.
6 Military Lecture: 1 April This week we ask why does Australia need a defence force, and what should it be able to do?
7 Essay Writing Week 23-26 April Due to the late end to the mid-semester holidays, ANZAC day holiday on the Thursday and your major assignment being due, there will be no classes this week. Please take the time to edit and refine your essay.
8 Politics Lecture: 29 April This week we discuss how Australia's status as a democracy shapes its approach to security.
9 Society Lecture: 6 May This week we ask what a likely future of insecurity and strategic competition means for Australians themselves. Why do some people join the military and what is their life like? How will wider society be asked to contribute to national security and well-being if more difficult times are ahead?
10 Peace Lecture: 13 May This week we focus on the circumstances of peace, looking at how Australia deals with strategic competition, our middle power status, the nature of our foreign policy and the challenges of non-traditional threats.
11 War Lecture: 20 May In our final week we turn to the threat of war and military conflict. We will discuss various scenarios which could see the Asian Century become a century of war, and how these might affect Australia. We will bring together the major themes of the course in this lecture.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Participation 10 % 31/05/2019 04/07/2019 2, 3
Reading Journal 10 % 31/05/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Op-Ed 20 % 17/03/2019 12/04/2019 2, 3
Research Essay 30 % 28/04/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
End of Semester Exam 30 % 31/05/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3

* 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: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3

Tutorial Participation

Tutorial attendance is compulsory. Failure to attend a minimum of 8 out of the 10 tutorials (unless acceptable, documented reasons are provided in writing to your tutor) will result in a significant reduction (and a possible 0 grade) for your tutorial participation. Late arrival (>10 minutes) after the start will not be counted for attendance. Please be on time. Participation marks are awarded for the quality and content of your contribution. Please do the readings beforehand and come to class prepared to discuss the themes of the lecture and readings. Doing the reading journals will be an excellent way to prepare for your tutorials.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Reading Journal

Students are encouraged to keep a reading journal which summarises the weekly tutorial readings.

Students should select two weeks in the first half of the course (weeks 1-5) and two weeks in the second half of the course (weeks 6-10) for which they will submit dot-point summaries of two of their chosen week’s readings. 

To clarify: In 4 of the 10 weeks of the course you will need to upload 2 reading summaries. You must do so by 12:00pm Monday of your chosen week. Ideally 2 from the first half of the course, 2 from the second half of the course.

Students will be expected to summarise the readings for the key themes, content and arguments. These will be graded by your tutor, and together form 10% of your grade. Sample reading journals for reference can be found on Wattle. Your reading journal for your chosen week should be submitted via Turnitin on Wattle and must be uploaded by 12:00pm (midday) Monday of your chosen weeks, without a valid extension such as a doctor’s certificate. These journals will serve as excellent preparation for the essay writing and exam.

No reading journal is due for week 1 (25 February).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 17/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3


Due 17 March, 11:55pm via Turn-It-In

Students will learn how to bridge the theory and policy worlds by presenting issues in a way that is informative and engaging for the general public by writing a piece designed for publication in a major Australian newspaper. References will be required for direct quotes or major claims, however the references will not be included in the word count. Students will choose from prompts provided on Wattle.

The op-ed prompts will help guide the approach you use (ie you may propose a policy or you may seek to examine the impact/significance of strategic change). In week 2 we will discuss how to write op-eds. The key to doing well in this assignment is A) The clarity of your argument B) The clarity of your writing and C) Striking the right tone for a public audience.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Research Essay

Due 28 April, 11:55pm via Turn-It-In

Write a 2500 word academic essay. Essays will be marked according to the students’ breadth and depth of research, ability to summarise the key literature, development of a clear and well substantiated argument, clarity of writing style and ability to meet key scholarly conventions such as referencing, spelling and grammar and word count. Your bibliography or footnotes are not included in the 2500 word limit for this assignment. All essays which receive below 50% or greater than 79% mark will be second marked by the course convenor.

Questions will be provided via Wattle

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

End of Semester Exam

The course finishes with an End of Semester Exam. The exact scheduling of the exam will be confirmed at a later date and the nature of the assignment discussed in the final weeks of class.

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 is 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).
Shannon Zimmerman

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Shannon Zimmerman

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Shannon Zimmerman

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Bradley Peppinck

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Madeleine Nugent

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Martin Hess

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Zahid Mumtaz

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