• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2021
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This is one of a suite of four courses for students in the Master of Military and Defence Studies (Advanced) Program. In creating courses for top performing students in the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command and Staff College, the Art of War module offers unique, highly selective, in-depth, service-specific courses based around the study of military history and strategy. The chosen model encourages problem solving and innovative approaches to deal with future security challenges and emerging threats by immersing students in the dynamics and trends of power and its use in war.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, describe and analyse trends in the conduct of military operations from the late 19th century to the 21st century
  2. Analyse military operations through the lens of ACSC course themes: the nature and character of war, political objective, unity of effort, learning and adaptation, leadership and command, logistics and sustainment, geography and environment, and strategic and military culture.
  3. Articulate the fundamentals of major operational theories developed from the late 19th Century to the present and apply them to the contemporary environment.
  4. Appraise the development of military operations across land, sea, air and joint environments from the late 19th century to the 21st century.
  5. Identify and analyse the relationship between the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war in conceptual and historical terms.
  6. Apply lessons identified through historical analysis of conflict to the contemporary environment.

Other Information

To enrol in this course, you must be studying the Master of Military and Defence Studies (7829XMMDS). Students must pass an examination and complete an interview with the MDSP Principal, the Commandant of the Australian War College and ANU academic faculty involved in the program.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Notes for Evaluation (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Oral Presentation (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Approximate 120 hours consisting of lectures, reading, and assessment work

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed Art of War I (STST8121).

You will need to contact the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text required



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 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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3202 10 May 2021 14 May 2021 14 May 2021 24 May 2021 In Person N/A

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