- Code STST8004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Strategic Studies
- Areas of interest Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Brendan Sargeant
- 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 explores how Australia develops and uses its armed forces to achieve political ends such as the protection of citizens and territory and the reduction of strategic risk. The course examines the key ideas Australians have used and applied to help them organise and achieve their strategic and defence policies. This includes the Balance of Power, Sphere of Influence, Deterrence, Collective Security and Grand Strategy. This course traces how these ideas have shaped and should shape the three major military services (Army, Airforce, Navy), along with the management structures and processes that administer them. This course asks questions such as what role does armed force play in Australia's security? What kinds of operations do our armed forces need to be to undertake to achieve this role? And which capabilities can undertake these operations most cost-effectively? This course enables students to understand the key historical eras, theories and debates about Australian Strategic and Defence Policy and develop the skills to begin to contribute to public debates on these topics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key historical eras in Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
- Apply theories and concepts from the discipline of Strategic Studies to assess the development and practice of Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
- Understand academic and policy debates about the direction of Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
- Develop and apply analytical skills to critically assess the key historical eras, theories and debates of Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
- Possess increased capacity for original, independent thought about historical and contemporary Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
- Opinion Editorial (20) [LO 1,3,4]
- In-Class Debates, 5 minute presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Online Quiz (3 x 10%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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