• Class Number 2758
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Sue Thompson
    • Sue Thompson
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

The end of the Second World War and the onset of the Cold War saw the development of a new way of viewing the concept of national security within official government policy-making structures.  Disputes over the lessons of war and national security agendas influenced government debates and decision-making throughout the Cold War and post-Cold War periods.  This course provides an overview of post-war global security history and discusses the evolution of the concept of national security since 1945, examining how and why certain security threats and interests were perceived and how national security policies transformed over time.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop an in-depth knowledge of post-war security history
  2. Analyse the evolution of key concepts relating to national security
  3. Critically reflect on key historical and theoretical viewpoints
  4. Conduct independent research
  5. Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills

Staff Feedback

Students 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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Post-war Insecurity, Containment and National Security Policy
2 Nationalism, Decolonisation and Revolution in Asia
3 The Arms Race, Nuclear Strategy, Détente and Multipolarity
4 Neutralism, Non-alignment and Development
5 East Asian Economic Expansion Short Assignment due Tuesday 24 March 11:55pm
6 The Cold War at Home
7 Development and Independence in Latin America
8 The Growth of Intelligence Organisation
9 Zionism, Arab Nationalism and the Arab-Israeli conflict
10 Political Islam and East-West Tension Research Essay due Tuesday 12 May 11:55pm
11 Regionalism and Security in Europe
12 The End of Cold War and the New World (Dis)Order Take-home Exam Thursday 4 June - Sunday 7 June

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Document Analysis 30 % 24/03/2020 05/04/2020 1, 4, 5
Research Essay 50 % 12/05/2020 * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take Home Examination 20 % 07/06/2020 02/07/2020 1, 3, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 24/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4, 5

Document Analysis

Length: 1,000 words – weighting: 30%

You will choose one (1) document from a list handed out in week one. You will find links to these documents on Wattle. Please use these links as other sources may be abridged versions.… Use the material you have gained from lectures and tutorials to put your chosen document in its proper historical context. You should not simply summarise the document, but rather give an account of its significance.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 12/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Research Essay

Length: 3,000 – weighting: 50%

You are to complete a research essay of 3,000 words.

You will answer one (1) question from a list of distributed in week 1. The research essay assessment task is an opportunity for you to:

  • initiate and conduct research using library, electronic and other resources
  • demonstrate your familiarity with information and ideas at the frontiers of knowledge
  • demonstrate your ability to think critically and advance a logical, structured argument
  • demonstrate your ability to write succinctly in an academic style that conforms to conventions on proper referencing

Take time to get a good understanding of what the essay question requires, and think about how you might structure your argument in answer to the question. In conducting your research, be sure to identify and concentrate on only those issues, which are directly relevant to the essay question. The purpose of the essay is not to survey a general topic but rather to answer a deliberately-worded, specific question. Ensure that your argument in answer to the question is supported by carefully-selected, reliable evidence and that the source of evidence is properly referenced. In the introduction to your essay (which should be the last section you write) it is a good idea to include an explanation of what you understand the question requires of you and how you propose to answer it.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 07/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5

Take Home Examination

Weighting: 20%

The purpose of the examination is to assess: (1) your knowledge of, and ability to synthesise, subject matter considered throughout the semester; and (2) your ability, within a short time-frame, to generate written arguments based on critical analysis. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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