- Class Number 4473
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Brendan Taylor
- Prof Brendan Taylor
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course is designed to help students to deepen their understanding of key concepts in security studies and then apply them to real world situations. Students will be provided with a series of case studies from the post 1945 era and contemporary conflicts to develop their knowledge of concepts and theories introduced in STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies. These case studies will help students to develop an understanding of different perspectives in international security crisis and to devise solutions from the perspective of key players. The course will develop skills in understanding the dynamics of policy development and advice to government in addition to using conflict simulations to test knowledge and skills.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of historical and contemporary international security case studies
2. Apply core analytical and empirical concepts and frameworks in international security studies in real-world scenarios and simulations
3. Critically reflect on the principal factors that determine the security policies of different states
4. Demonstrate capacity to utilise academic theories and to express scholarly arguments in the context of security policy-making
5. Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional costs associated with this course.
All required readings are available from the course Wattle site.
A list of recommended readings for each topic is available from the course Wattle site
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction - Crises and International Security|
|2||Thucydides' Trap: the Causes of the Peloponnesian War|
|3||Sleepwalkers: the July crisis of 1914|
|4||Crisis Slides: the Origins of the Second World War|
|5||Thirteen Days: the Cuban missile crisis of 1962|
|6||Korean flashpoint: a Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion?|
|7||Fear, Honour and Interest: East China Sea flashpoint|
|8||Maritime Balkans? South China Sea flashpoint|
|9||Munich Revisited? Taiwan flashpoint|
|10||Crises and Australian Security|
|11||The COVID-19 crisis and international security|
|12||Coping with Crisis: reflections and future directions|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial participation||10 %||28/05/2021||01/07/2021||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Outline and Annotated Bibliography||20 %||29/03/2021||19/04/2021||1, 4, 5|
|Crisis Case Study||40 %||17/05/2021||07/06/2021||1, 3, 4, 5|
|Take home exam||30 %||03/06/2021||01/07/2021||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The course includes a take home examination, held during the end of semester examination period.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
A weekly tutorial is conducted, at which constructive contribution in a minimum of 10 (out of 12) tutorials will be noted progressively by your tutor, and given a final assessment at the completion of all tutorials.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4, 5
Outline and Annotated Bibliography
1500 words. Detailed assignment instructions are provided on the course Wattle site. A detailed academic skills session for this assignment will also be provided in tutorials.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5
Crisis Case Study
2500 words. Detailed assignment instructions are provided on the course Wattle site. A detailed academic skills session for this assignment will also be provided in tutorials.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take home exam
Detailed instructions will be provided on the course Wattle site. A detailed examination skills session for this assignment will also be provided.
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Dr. Brendan Taylor is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. He was Head of SDSC from 2011-2016. He is a specialist on great power strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific, East Asian ‘flashpoints’, and Asian security architecture. His writings on these subjects have appeared in such leading journals as Survival, The Washington Quarterly, The Pacific Review, International Affairs and Review of International Studies. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including most recently The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War (Black Inc., 2018) and Dangerous Decade: Taiwan's Security and Crisis Management (IISS, 2019). He is also a regular op-ed contributor to such publications as The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Interpreter, East Asia Forum and The Strategist.
Prof Brendan Taylor