- Class Number 6031
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Jean Bou
- Dr Jean Bou
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
'Strategy' has many modern definitions and uses, from national defence and foreign policy to the business world, but its ancient Greek origins (strategia) alludes to the art of the military leader, or general, in war. This course echoes this ancient and enduring conception to analyse the use of military power to achieve strategic objectives, with a focus on the links between political intent and military action. It explores the nature and character of war, the characteristics of land, sea and air power, and how they might be used to achieve policy ends. In doing so it will examine the pitfalls and risks of military endeavour, the possible benefits, and what military forces can and cannot do. It will also consider the relationship between strategy, operations and tactics, the challenge of political-military relationships, military command systems and how militaries plan operations. Of interest to those seeking better understanding of force as an implement of national policy, the course is particularly appropriate for students considering government service or other positions involving national and international security matters.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the theoretical distinctions between the nature and character of war, and articulate the characteristics of land, sea and air power, with reference to selected military theories.
- Articulate the relationship between strategy, operations and tactics.
- Analyse the conduct of military operations and identify the role which command practice, command systems, logistics, technology, geography, the political-military interface, and inter-service and coalition relationships play in determining their outcome.
- Conduct historical research and critically evaluate historical evidence.
- Communicate clearly and persuasively on national and international security matters, in a variety of modes
The course content will reflect the convenor's extensive research and teaching background in the history of warfare in the ninetieth and twentieth centuries. This includes his work as a researcher and author for multi-volume Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations, which will provide a direct foundation for some of the teaching topics.
While no field trips are planned, a key activity is an operational planing day, which will take place on Saturday, 16 October 2021. This requires students to work in groups to prepare an outline plan for the conduct of a military operation. The activity is conducted on campus, though students who can only attend remotely due to COVID-related reasons will be accommodated. Attendance at this event is COMPULSORY and you should make your plans accordingly.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
All course readings provided via Wattle. Participants without a strong background in this topic may wish to purchase a general text such as Baylis, Wirtz and Gray, Strategy in the Contemporary World (ed 6) 2018.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||26 July - Course introduction and frames of reference|
|2||2 August - Land power and its application|
|3||9 August - Sea power and its application|
|4||16 August - Air power and its application|
|5||23 August - Civil-military relations and command|
|6||30 August - Occupations and unintended consequences|
|7||20 September - Case study 1: Suez Crisis, 1956|
|8||27 September - Case study 2: 1990s peacekeeping deployments, Haiti & Rwanda|
|9||11 October - Case study 3: the ADF & INTERFET, 1999|
|10||17 October - (Saturday 1000-1700) - Operational Planning exercise (Location TBA)|
|11||17 October - (Saturday 1000-1700) - Operational Planning exercise (Location TBA)|
|12||25 October - Conflict in the 21st Century|
Registration for tutorial groups will be via Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Reflection Journal, part 1||10 %||19/08/2021||03/09/2021||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Research essay||40 %||29/09/2021||14/10/2021||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Reflection Journal, part 2||10 %||06/10/2021||27/10/2020||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Operational Plan Outline||30 %||25/10/2021||13/11/2021||2, 3, 5|
|Participation and contribution to group learning||10 %||29/10/2021||02/12/2021||2, 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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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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.
A tutorial participation mark worth 10 per cent of the final grade for the course will be awarded as outlined above.
There are no examinations for this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Reflection Journal, part 1
Each of the teaching sessions will be centred on key themes of the course. In turn, for each session, with the exception of the operational planning exercise, a series of questions will be posed. Focus questions will be available approximately two weeks prior to the relevant teaching session.
In the reflective journal, you are expected to provide a) an initial answer to one of the key questions based on your reading and own thinking and b) a revised answer to the same one question based on the knowledge gained during the teaching session. You should provide a minimum of 100 words for (a) and (b) each.
The purpose of this journal is for you to engage with the core issues of the course by drawing upon a variety of resources in the sessions' readings, lectures and interaction with your classmates during group work.
For the Reflection Journal, part 1, you need to submit responses for teaching sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The journal will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin by 11:55 pm (2355 hours) on 19 August. Each student will receive individual feedback via that medium.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Students are required to write a 3500 (+/- 10%) word research essay on a topic provided on the STST8052 Wattle site. The intent of this assessment is to have students delve deeper into the theories, issues, and case studies discussed in the classroom. Its aim is to illustrate the factors that determine the character of military operations and their outcomes including the relevance and application of doctrine; selection and sequencing of objectives; and role of inter-service, multinational, and broader participation.
Students are reminded that this is an exercise in analysis not description. The requirement is to examine, evaluate, and explain – to mount an argument and not simply describe.
The essay will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin by 11:55 pm (2355 hours) on 30 September. Each student will receive individual feedback via that medium.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Reflection Journal, part 2
Each of the teaching sessions will be centred on key themes of the course. In turn, for each session, with the exception of the operational planning exercise, a series of questions will be posed. Focus questions will be available approximately two weeks prior to the related teaching session. In the reflective journal, you are expected to provide a) an initial answer to one of the key questions based on your reading and own thinking and b) a revised answer to the same one question based on the knowledge gained during the teaching session. You should provide a minimum of 100 words for (a) and (b) each.
The purpose of this journal is for you to engage with the core issues of the course by drawing upon a variety of resources, the sessions' readings, lectures and interaction with your classmates during group work.
For the Reflection Journal, part 2 you need to submit responses for teaching sessions 5, 6, 7 and 8.
The journal will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin by 11:55 pm (2355 hours) on 6 October, and the grades and feedback released via that medium.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 5
Operational Plan Outline
Students will be required to submit a written version of the outline plan developed by their group during the operational planning exercise on 16 October. Students are expected to revise the plan to reflect the critique and questions arising from their group's brief but should not undertake a complete re-design. Students will be provided with the required format for the outline plan on the day of the exercise.
The plans will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin by 11:55 pm (2355 hours) on 27 October, and the grades and feedback released via that medium.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4, 5
Participation and contribution to group learning
Classroom discussion is central to the teaching style of this course. Masters-level students are expected to engage with the material presented by their lecturers, in the readings, and by their peers. Although the size of the course dictates that some content be delivered by lectures, time will also be allocated for questions, discussion and group activities in the tutorials. Students should thus ensure they have prepared for each tutorial and a mark will be awarded to recognise students’ contributions in them.The course also features a planing activity in which students will work in small groups and deliver a briefing. Students will be assessed on their level of preparedness and participation for each activity, the clarity and relevance of their contributions, and their collaboration with and consideration of their peers.
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History of warfare, operational military history, institutional military history, military theory
Dr Jean Bou