• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jack Bowers
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2019
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This course is only open to students who are posted as course members on the Australian Command and Staff Course.

This module offers an integrated treatment of the main features of strategy. It is designed to help course members develop strong analytical frameworks for understanding how military operations contribute to achieving political objectives. The module will examine influential theorists and core concepts of strategy in their historical context, especially strategy in the First World War, Second World War, Cold War and the post 1991 period.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and identify the fundamentals of the major concepts on how military operations can achieve political goals;
  2. Analyse the making of strategy and identify the role which the nature of political objectives, geostrategic location, strategic culture, and law and ethics have on determining strategic approaches;
  3. Apply concepts of strategy to historic, current and hypothetical situations;
  4. Conduct research on strategy and critically evaluate historical evidence on strategy;
  5. Express themselves clearly and eloquently in a variety of formats, including verbal and written;
  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay (20) [LO null]
  2. Examination 1 (40) [LO null]
  3. Examination 2 (40) [LO null]

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Teaching will occur intensively across approximately 27 working days. Assessment is scheduled during the teaching period as part of the overall program timetabling.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must be studying Graduate Diploma of Military and Defence Studies or Graduate Certificate of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies Advanced.

Prescribed Texts

Core reading materials will be available as an e-brick.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $7680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $10920
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1386 29 Jan 2019 08 Feb 2019 08 Feb 2019 06 Mar 2019 In Person View

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