• Code STST8117
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • 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 Andrew Frain
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2020
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This course aims to develop an understanding of the personal requirements needed for the leadership of complex and diverse organisations, such as the modern military, at operational and strategic levels. The course examines the historical and theoretical aspects of leadership studies. From this base, students seek to analyse the role of the individual across the spectrum of leadership practice, from personal influence through to organisational strategy. Students are challenged to look at ethical and legal dimensions of leadership, influence and decision making, and to begin their personal reconciliation of the challenges of rules-based order, command, ethics, innovation and leadership. This course is designed to prepare students to become effective Commanding Officers (or equivalent) within their Defence Force (or service), and equips them with the leadership awareness and skills to make a positive contribution to government, NGO, commercial or not-for-profit organisations at a comparable level. 

This course is only open to students posted to the Australian Command & Staff College.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will be able to:

1.  Appraise the interrelated nature of command, leadership and ethics at the operational and strategic level.

2. Examine contemporary military and civilian leadership theories and models.

3. Analyse command and leadership in the ADF/Defence and civilian sectors at the strategic and operational levels.

4. Analyse and critically appraise the command and leadership styles of historical figures.

5. Reflect on individual leadership and critically apply a leadership framework to case studies and real world situations.

Indicative Assessment

1. Written Brief/Oral Presentation (20%)
2. Essay (40%)
3. Reflection piece (40%)

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Lectures will occur intensively across approximately 15 working days. Tutorials and assessment are scheduled during and after the lecture period as part of the overall program timetabling.

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.  

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:
Unit value:
6 to 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.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $675 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $960 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6713 15 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020 03 Jul 2020 18 Sep 2020 In Person View

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