- Code NSPO8006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU National Security College
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject National Security Policy
- Areas of interest Australian Studies, International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Rory Medcalf
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
This course examines the structures, processes, actors and norms of Australia's national security policymaking system. The central subject matter of the course includes: the purposes of national security policymaking; Australia’s national security policymaking architecture; actors and interests in the national security community; practical aspects of national security policymaking including strategy and implementation; the role of the private sector, interest groups, the media and academia/think tanks in national security policymaking; leadership in the national security community; national security policymaking in comparable benchmark countries; and the future of national security policymaking in Australia.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically analyse Australia’s national security community
- Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues concerning policymaking processes in the national security community
- Analyse concepts related to planning and implementation in a national security context
- Conduct independent research and understand aspects of professional practice within national security agencies
- Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills
- Short Essay - 1,500 words, 30% (30) [LO null]
- Research Assignment - 3,000 words, 40% (40) [LO null]
- Take-home Exam - 30% (30) [LO null]
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One three-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further seven hours per week of independent study. (Five one-hour tutorials will also be offered throughout the semester.)
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