• 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
    • Dr Michael Cohen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This core course aims to introduce students to the key concepts, debates, methodologies and theories that surround the concept of national security. Students are encouraged to engage with the philosophical core of the subject in an attempt to grasp at what Arnold Wofers called an ‘ambiguous symbol’ – a set of concepts that are attended by great intellectual and political contestation, and which evolve over time. The object of this course is to assist each student to arrive at an independent and intellectually rigorous conception of national security, as well as an appreciation for different research methods, values and national interests.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse Australia’s national security community
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues concerning the national security community
  3. Analyse concepts related to planning and implementation in a national security context
  4. Understand aspects of professional practice within national security agencies
  5. Conduct independent research
  6. Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short Essay (40) [LO 3,4,5,6]
  2. Longer Essay (60) [LO 1,2,5,6]

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Workload

One two-hour seminar per week (over 12 weeks) with the expectation of a further eight hours per week of independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have already completed NSPO8011

Prescribed Texts

Course reading list and guide to library resources.

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4582 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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