• Code STST8100
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Carr
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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This course presents a comprehensive introduction to Australia’s foreign and defence policies, and the ideas, events and circumstances that shape them.  It aims to provide students with the concepts, ideas and information to understand and analyse how foreign and defence policies have developed in Australia, the key domestic and international debates about the formulation of foreign and defence policy, and the issues shaping  the development and implementation of these policies today. Specific content will include: The concept of foreign and defence policies, as distinct from strategic policy. The development of the key institutions such as the Department of Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The debates over expeditionary versus defence of Australia approaches to defence policy, the debates over middle power, engagement, alliance and independence in foreign policy. The role of diplomacy and economic relationships in international affairs and the history of Australia’s changing relationship with its region.


This course is only open to students posted to the Australian Command Staff College.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Analyse the factors – historical, geostrategic, economic, political, cultural, military, legal – shaping Australia’s strategic circumstances.

2. Analyse the development of foreign and defence policies and evaluate current and future key issues.

3. Evaluate the strategic options available to Australia in responding to its strategic environment and the implications of those strategic choices.

4. Evaluate contemporary debates about the current and future Australian foreign and defence policy, their public and political appeal and regional reactions, in their historical and contemporary context.

5. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively - both verbally and in written form - on research conducted with regard to strategic environment, and foreign and defence policy.

Indicative Assessment

1. Written Brief/Oral Presentation (20%)
2. Research Essay (40%)
3. Exam (40%)

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Teaching will occur intensively across approximately 10 working days.  Assessment is scheduled during and after the teaching period as part of the overall program timetabling.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must be studying Graduate Diploma of Military and Defence Studies or Graduate Certificate of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies Advanced.

Prescribed Texts

Core reading materials will be available as an e-brick.



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

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $685 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $980 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4597 26 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021 20 Aug 2021 In Person N/A

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