- Code NSPO8012
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU National Security College
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject National Security Policy
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Dirk Van Der Kley
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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Crises are endemic to national security policymaking. The modern era is 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 leadership and 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 leadership, risk assessment/mitigation and crisis management; and (2) the application of this conceptual material to empirical cases of domestic, international and transnational crises. Conceptual approaches are complemented by insights from policy practitioners with extensive experience of crisis response.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand concepts related to leadership, crisis and risk;
- Evaluate historical and contemporary approaches to managing national security risks and crises;
- Apply concepts of risk and crisis management within the scholarly literature to the analysis of contemporary/future national security challenges and formulation of policy responses;
- Conduct independent research that demonstrates both scholarly and policy-focused engagement with the subject matter.
- Communicate ideas, analysis and argument for scholarly and professional audiences, with effective use of terminology related to crisis response and risk management.
- Risk communication exercise (1,500 words) (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Scenario report: management of a future crisis scenario (1,500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Major research essay (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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One 2-hour seminar weekly. In addition the expectation of a further independent study to total 130 over the duration of the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Rosenthal, U. 2003. September 11: Public Administration and the Study of Crises and Crisis Management. Administration & Society. 35(2), 129-143.
Williams, S. (2009). Rethinking the Nature of Disaster: From Failed Instruments of Learning to a Post-Social Understanding. Social Forces, 87(2), 1115—1138.
Alexander, D. 2005. Towards the Development of a Standard in Emergency Planning. Disaster Prevention and Management, 14(2), 158-175.
Tierney, Kathleen. "Disaster governance: social, political, and economic dimensions." Annual Review of Environment and Resources 37 (2012): 341-363.
Wukich, Clayton. "Searching for resilience." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 23.4 (2013): 1013-1019.
Kuhlicke, Christian. "Resilience: a capacity and a myth: findings from an in-depth case study in disaster management research." Natural hazards 67.1 (2013): 61-76.
Boin, Arjen, and Allan McConnell. "Preparing for critical infrastructure breakdowns: the limits of crisis management and the need for resilience."Journal of Contingencies and Crisis
Management 15.1 (2007): 50-59.
BrechbÃ¼hl , Bruce, Dynes and Johnson. "Protecting Critical Information Infrastructure: Developing Cybersecurity Policy." Information Technology for Development.
16. 1, (2010): 83-91.
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