• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Areas of interest Security Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Darren Lim
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

National security and economics are often treated as separate realms, both in policymaking and scholarship. But the early 21st century is marked by a convergence of security and economic factors in the national security challenges facing governments. This course introduces students to the intersection of economics and security, captured in the concept of ‘geoeconomics’. It focuses on the uses – and limitations – of economic relations as an instrument of state power. Students are introduced to the longstanding connection between economics and national security; basic principles of economic theory; the mechanisms/instruments of geoeconomic statecraft (such as trade, finance and institutions); contemporary geoeconomic challenges, such as economic coercion, critical infrastructure and critical technologies; and the policy challenges involved in developing national responses that integrate security and economic considerations. The course will take a global perspective, but with case studies focused on China, the Indo-Pacific and Australia.


This course combines academic expertise with insights from policy practitioners. The course convener will draw upon a research background in relevant non-security disciplines (such as economics or law) to guide students towards a more integrated understanding of security and economic issues. In this, the convener will be supported by a co-teacher with national security expertise and a policy practitioner with recent experience in developing geoeconomic policy. In line with the NSC’s signature pedagogy, the policy practitioner will serve as a regular discussant to contextualise academic analysis within policy experience, co-moderate an in-class policy exercise, and advise on a policy-oriented assessment item.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex and contemporary issues in geoeconomics
  2. Demonstrate a working understanding of policy challenges and options in integrating economics and national security
  3. Conduct research that demonstrates scholarly engagement with the subject matter
  4. Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument related to geoeconomics in a range of forms for professional and scholarly audiences

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1000 words: blog post or op-ed article (20) [LO 1,4]
  2. Analytical research essay (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Policy memos reflecting on scenario (2x1000) (40) [LO 2,4]

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One 2-hour seminar weekly, plus one tutorial fortnightly. In addition the expectation of a further independent study to combining to total approx 130 over the duration of the semester.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

David Baldwin, Economic Statecraft, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985, chapters 2&3.


Robert Blackwill and Jennifer Harris, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2016


Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman, ‘Weaponized Interdependence: How Global Economic Networks Shape State Coercion’, International Security, Vol 44, No. 1, 2019. Jane

Golley and Adam Ingle, ‘The Belt and Road Initiative: How to win friends and influence people’, China Story Yearbook 2017: Prosperity, Canberra: ANU Press, 2017.

Peter Harrell, Elizabeth Rosenberg and Edoardo Sarravalle, ‘China’s use of coercive economic measures’, report, Center for New American Security, 2018.

Darren Lim and Rohan Mukherjee, “What Money Can’t Buy: The Security Externalities of Chinese Economic Statecraft in Post-War Sri Lanka”, Asian Security (2017), online 28 December, pp.5-16 (12 pages)

Rory Medcalf, Contest for the Indo-Pacific, Chapter 7. Melbourne: La Trobe University Press, 2020.

Anthea Roberts, Henrique Choer Moraes and Victor Ferguson, ‘Toward a Geoeconomic Order in International Trade and Investment’, Journal of International Economic Law, 2019, 22, 655–676

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have taken (or take concurrently) at least one other Master of National Security Course, preferably NPO8006 (National Security Policymaking) or NSPO8007 (National Security Concepts and Methods) to provide a grounding in national security.


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:
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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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4548 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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