• Class Number 6538
  • Term Code 3170
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 3 units
  • Topic On Campus
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Stephanie Koorey
    • Dr Stephanie Koorey
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 04/10/2021
  • Class End Date 14/11/2021
  • Census Date 15/10/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 12/10/2021
SELT Survey Results

In this course students will examine the difficulties for military forces, civilian agencies and humanitarian actors in navigating the 'space' in which they are co-located. Policies, principles and practices of the Australian Government, the United Nations, and other key international actors and non-government organisations will be considered. Attention will also be given to disaster risk reduction and peace-building strategies to help minimise the severity of natural disasters and the reversion of fragile states into conflict. Focus will be given to the problems and severity of population displacement, and to the civil-military requirements to implement population protection. The overall aim of the course is for students to gain a better understanding of the boundaries and complexities of civil-military relations in disaster, stabilisation and conflict situations, and to consider initiatives relevant to Australia and its region.


Students will engage with policymakers and practitioners from the Australia Government, the non-government sector and the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Federal Police. Learning activities will include examples of complex case studies, scenarios and simulations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Acquire a critical understanding of the growing importance of civil-military relations in national security policymaking.
  2. Critically assess current policies relevant to civil-military relations in complex and contemporary national security issues.
  3. Formulate, analyse and evaluate policy options for civil-military policy development and implementation.
  4. Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of forms for professional and scholarly audiences.

Research-Led Teaching

Dr Koorey has experience of Civil-Military Relations at both the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, now the Australian War College, from conducting research for the Australian Civil Military Centre, and from in-country fieldwork experience. Dr Koorey has published on how civil society coalitions changed international law.

Required Resources

A reliable internet connection and computer suited to academic research and writing such as a laptop.

A list of Readings and some additional .pdfs of readings are on Wattle. Use these to inform your research for your assessments, but you will need to read more widely than this list. Use the library and reputable public sources.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

ANU 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Pre-recorded videos and a preliminary reading list will be made available seven days before the course begins. 350 word blog
2 Tuesday 12 October, 12 midday, the course commences live.
3 Wednesday 13 October, 12 midday, the course continues live.
4 Thursday October, 14, 2pm, the Scenario Exercise will commence and run for two hours live. Participation and 500 Words of Talking Points

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials. Just the presentations, recorded videos and the Scenario Exercise.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Blog (350 wds) 15% 15 % 12/10/2021 18/10/2021 1,4
Participation and Talking Points (500 wds) 25 % 20/10/2021 29/10/2021 1,2,3,4
Essay (2000 wds) 60% 60 % 31/10/2021 20/11/2021 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


A number of guest speakers are senior professionals, including two Generals. Please try and make it to the live sessions so they see as much of a full class as possible to make it worth their while.

Participation is a component of the Scenario Exercise. If you cannot, with good reason, make it to the Scenario Exercise on Thursday 14th, you will need to respond to a set of verbal or written questions from the Course Convenor after listening or watching the recording.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 12/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 18/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Blog (350 wds) 15%

You are required to write a short blog with hyperlinks due on the evening of the first day of the live presentations - Tuesday 12 October. You will be assessed on your written English expression, Structure , Demonstrated understanding of the exercise and Demonstrated understanding of the task. Give it a title, and ensure it is a statement of facts or the opinions of the authors or publishers you use to build your points, and then offer an observation on the controversy/ies that the topic generated. This is not meant to be a list of your ideas; use the work of others which you will insert by hyperlink to build to your final points.  

Write on one of the following topics:  

  1. The Australian Defence Force’s assistance to the 2019-2020 bushfires and Covid-19.  
  2. Private Security Companies in Afghanistan or Papua New Guinea.  
  3. Non-governmental organizations staying in Afghanistan.  
  4. General Mark Milley escorting President Trump on his ‘church walk’ and phone calls to China. 


Skim through the list of Readings on Wattle for some ideas and where you might start. 

Use the style and form of a political commentary platform like Policy Forum, or the ASPI Strategist although much shorter. So you can get a feel for how I write blogs, see here  Use hyperlinks to credible accessible publications such as reputable news outlets as if they were references. If they are paywalled, try and find it through the ANU library. Most newspapers are accessible through the ProQuest database.   

Marking criteria will be posted to Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 20/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Participation and Talking Points (500 wds)

Scenario Analysis 25%

You will be given an imaginary but plausible scenario the day before the scenario exercise itself. You will be role-playing in teams as an Australian government delegation on a fact finding mission.  You will be assessed on:

Written English expression  


Demonstrated understanding of the exercise 

Demonstrated understanding of the task  


You will be given unfolding events during the scenario exercise, and time to consider your responses and ask questions.  It will be fast-paced and you will only be able obtain additional information from your Course Convenor.

You will be assessed on your teamwork and communication skills under pressure, as well as your ability to problem-solve and apply learning from the course during the exercise. Then you will be assessed on your written Talking Points.  

Participation forms half of your mark. If you cannot attend on the day for critical reasons, you will need to review the recording and/or the transcript and be tested on your knowledge and understanding over subsequent days by either written questions or an interactive private or group session with the Course Convenor.

Marking criteria will be posted to Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 31/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 20/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Essay (2000 wds) 60%

You will need to write an academic essay with correct referencing, argument, counter argument and structure.

You will be assessed on:

Written English expression





The essay questions will be posted to Wattle.

Marking criteria will be posted to Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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