- Code NSPO8037
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr James Mortensen
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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As an individual research project, this course provides students with an opportunity to acquire an advanced level of knowledge concerning their own choice of a national security issue and build the student’s skills in research and complex writing. Regular supervisory sessions will help facilitate and support the completion of the research project. Research projects will be supervised by the course convenor and supported by class and supervisory discussions. Students will identify their own research topic in discussion with the course convenor, present their research questions to the rest of the class and write an academic research paper.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a capacity for critical reflection so that the assumptions underpinning national security concepts and policies can be effectively scrutinised.
- Develop an intellectually rigorous conception of national security connecting theoretical and practical perspectives.
- Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex issues in the area of national security.
- Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of written and oral forms.
- Presentation of Research Proposal (0) [LO 1,4]
- Presentation of Research Progress (0) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Major Research Project (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Two-hour weekly seminars (24 hours).
Three two hour extra research skills seminars (6 hours).
Individual study approx. 8-10 hours per week (100-120 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett, Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences, BCSIA, Cambridge MA, 2004
Gary King, Robert Keohane and Sidney Verba, Designing Social Inquiry, Princeton University Press, 1994
Richard J. Evan, In Defence of History, Granta, 2018
Lawrence Neuman, Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches -2nd Edition, Allen & Bacon, 2006
M. Wallace and A. Wray, Critical Reading and Writing for Post-Graduates, Sage Publications
Robert K. Yin, Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 4th Edition, Sage Publications, 2008
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