- Code NSPO8045
- Unit Value 3 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
- Katherine Mansted
- Mode of delivery In Person
Spring Session 2021
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In 2021, the class dates are September 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 1
This course examines a theme frequently identified as a difficult security challenge for policymakers: the rise of propaganda, populism, and information war, especially in the digital age. The course draws from the interdisciplinary nature of writing on this topic in order to provide students with the conceptual and empirical knowledge to make informed policy-focused assessments and analyses of the subject material.
Innovative assessment approaches (like identifying ‘fake’ news stories and deconstructing them) underscore the national security policy relevance of the material. Case studies on groups like the ‘alt-right’, and a comparative exercise on the national security challenges for democratic states provides students with the opportunity to study current and evolving events as they occur. Students will have the opportunity to combine conceptual understanding with policy awareness. The course will involve discussions with policy practitioners experiences in monitoring propaganda and information operations, who will present their insights on combatting these challenges in an Australian context.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand concepts related to propaganda and information war, with the ability to critically analyse them in a national security context
- Evaluate contemporary local, regional, and global challenges relating to propaganda and information war
- Critically analyse the responsiveness of security agencies to the security challenges posed by propaganda and information war
- Conduct independent research that demonstrates scholarly and practitioner-focused engagement with the subject matter, developing ideas and analysis for both audiences
- Fake news exercise (30) [LO 1,2,4]
- Research paper and Public Information Campaign (PIC) presentation to class (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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2 days (seminars) plus one extra day (seminars, consultations and public information campaigns)
Requisite and Incompatibility
A list of readings will be provided on the Wattle course site in lieu of a prescribed text.
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