- Class Number 3026
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Michael Clarke
- AsPr Michael Clarke
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
How should government respond to security crises? The modern era is frequently punctuated by crises emanating from the natural and social worlds that threaten local, national and even international security. Just in the past decade, the world has witnessed the catastrophic damage caused by natural disasters: Hurricane Katrina, the South-East Asia tsunami, the Queensland flooding, the Pakistan Earthquake, and the Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster. A host of transnational threats are also emerging: the rise of international terrorism and the fears provoked by Australians fighting for Jihadist groups in the Middle East; the spectre of cyber-attacks by belligerent states and politically-motivated groups; climate change and the prospect of resource shortages. These extreme events and growing threats make up a global landscape of complexity and uncertainty and, against this unedifying backdrop, it is the responsibility of the government to develop strategies to anticipate, mitigate and respond to the next crisis facing Australia, whatever that may be.
This course considers this backdrop of threats alongside changing notions of ‘threat’, ‘risk’ and ‘crisis’ in the context of Australian national security planning. It challenges participants to determine how policymaking can reconcile the competing imperatives of national security and the public interest in the midst of crisis. Participants are expected to critically evaluate the prevailing logics of national security and develop their own perspective on the possibility of effective strategy planning in crises.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Understand the key theoretical concepts of crisis management and the landscape of Australian political institutions, laws and policies that deliver national security outcomes
2. Critically evaluate the prevailing rationales that underpin crisis management strategies in Australia’s state and federal governments
3. Develop new perspectives on (i) conceptualising risks and threats to national security and (ii) operationalising government’s strategic responses
4. A developed capacity to employ effective writing, communication, and analytical skills in the assessment of the theories and practices of National Security Crises Management
Crises are endemic to national security policy-making. The modern era is frequently punctuated by crises emanating from the natural and social worlds that threaten local, national and international security. This course considers this backdrop of threats alongside changing notions of ‘threat’, ‘risk’ and ‘crisis’ and challenges participants to determine how policymaking can reconcile the competing imperatives of national security and the public interest in the midst of crisis. This course introduces students to this important and challenging field through: (1) exploration of definitions and theories of national security and approaches to risk assessment/mitigation and crisis management; and (2) the application of this conceptual material to empirical cases of domestic, international and transnational crises.
Indicative reading list (weekly reading list and PDFs of required readings will be posted to the course Wattle site)
Arjen Boin, The politics of crisis management: Public leadership under pressure. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Drennan, Lynn T., Allan McConnell, and Alastair Stark. Risk and crisis management in the public sector. Routledge, 2014.
Ulrick Beck, Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity, SAGE Publications, 1986.
T. A Birkland, T.A. After Disaster: Agenda Setting, Public Policy, and Focussing Events, Georgetown University Press, 1997.
Staff FeedbackStudents 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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||25 Feb Introduction|
|2||2 March National Security, Crisis and the State|
|3||10 March Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Approaches and Cases|
|4||17 March Critical Infrastructure: Crisis Prevention in an Uncertain World|
|5||24 March Australian Bushfires: Disaster, Emergency or Crisis?||Assessment 1: Policy Brief Due|
|6||31 March The Crisis of 'Liberal International Order'|
|7||21 April Grey Zone Crises: Russia and Ukraine; China and the South China Sea|
|8||28 April Reading week and essay preparation/consultation|
|9||5 May Pandemics and (Trans)national security|
|10||12 May Humanitarian Interventions and Crises||Assessment 2: Major Essay Due|
|11||19 May Cyber Crises and National Security|
|12||26 May Conclusion and Examination Preparation|
|13||Exam period||Assessment 3: Take Home Exams submitted and Due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Policy Brief||20 %||24/03/2020||05/04/2020||1, 2, 3|
|Major Essay||45 %||12/05/2020||01/06/2020||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Take Home Exam||35 %||*||02/07/2020||1, 2, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Write a policy brief of 1,000 words (inclusive of citations). Policy briefs should discuss one of the issues covered in the course, but focus on a specific sub-issue, event, policy, or debate. Explain the central problem and why the topic matters for national security. Describe and evaluate current policies and make policy recommendations
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Students will write a 3,000 word essay on a domestic, international or transnational crisis of their choosing (in consultation with the convenor). In doing so students should identify: (i) what vulnerabilities, emergent disturbances or policy failures were responsible for the crisis they have chosen to focus on?; (ii) what actions could have been implemented to either prevent or mitigate the effects of the crisis; and (iii) provide arguments to support your assertions with respect to (i) and (ii).
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4
Take Home Exam
Students must complete a take home exam. This will most likely involve answers that students must select from a group of questions. Questions will be published on Wattle in the end of semester exam period (date TBC)
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Chinese history, politics and foreign policy; Uyghur nationalism and separatism; Belt and Road Initiative; American grand strategy and national security policy; geopolitics; nuclear strategy, proliferation/nonproliferation
AsPr Michael Clarke