• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Law, Information Technology, Security Studies, Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr James Mortensen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

The course examines cyber and other emerging technologies as a domain where states project power and protect their interests. It considers the interaction of state and non-state actors, cyber enabled conflict and cooperation, as well as cyber-enhanced tools of statecraft including espionage and information operations. It also considers how states are adapting to the threats and opportunities in this new domain, including those presented by emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), drones and artificial intelligence. Throughout, it explores the future of cyberspace and emerging technologies and the potential to disrupt ideas of national security.


Incorporating insights from scholars and practitioners at the ANU Cyber Institute as well as the wider academic and policy communities, this course draws from security studies, comparative politics, international law, psychology, and computer science. The focus of readings, lectures, and assessments will be more strategic than technical, though there will be coverage of the necessary technical vocabulary with which national security scholars and practitioners must be conversant. Throughout, global case studies are utilised to help illuminate different conceptual and theoretical perspectives, with an eye towards responsive security policy formulation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the challenges and emerging technological trends states face in cyberspace
  2. Demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation of the emerging forces and technologies shaping the future of state and non-state interactions in cyberspace
  3. Communicate analysis and argument related to cyber and emerging technologies, including properly applying correct terminology in technical and national security policy contexts
  4. Demonstrate a good understanding of the measures, drivers and implications of cyberpower as well as the implications for cyber conflict and cyber cooperation
  5. Analyse comparative national security strategies in cyberspace and emerging technology through case studies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Scholarly Op Ed (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Response Analysis (35) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Final Paper (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Weekly lectures and discussions for a 12 week semester. In addition the expectation of a further independent study to total 130 over the duration of the semester.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are unable to enrol in this course if you have previously taken NSPO8021

Prescribed Texts

A list of readings will be provided in lieu of a prescribed text.

Preliminary Reading

Myriam Dunn Cavelty and Andreas Wenger “Cyber security meets security politics: complex technology, fragmented politics and networked science” Contemporary Security Policy 41, 1 (2020): 5-32.

Marcus Willett, “Assessing Cyber Power”, Survival 61 (2019): 85-90.

Citron Chesney, “Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security”, 107 Calif. L. Rev. 1753 (2019)

Lawrence J. Trautman and Peter C. Ormerod, “Industrial Cyber Vulnerabilities: Lessons from Stuxnet and the Internet of Things” University of Miami Law Review 72, no. 3 (Spring 2018): 761-826.

Jennifer Hunt, “For sale, cheap: Armed Drones” Lowy Interpreter, 6 July 2017.

Gary Brown, “Spying and fighting in cyberspace: What is which?” Journal of National Security Law and Policy 8 (2016): 1-22.

Lesley Seebeck. “Cadence, War and Security” Australian Journal of International Affairs, 58, 4 (2004): 494-510.

Adam Henschke "Privacy, The Internet Of Things And State Surveillance - Handling Personal Information Within An Inhuman System." Moral Philosophy And Politics (2021 forthcoming)

Florian J. Egloff, “Contested public attribution of cyber incidents and the role of academia” Contemporary Security Policy 41, 1, (2020): 55-81.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
7550 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View
7570 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View

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