- Class Number 5447
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On Campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Rory Medcalf
- Carolyn Bull
- Prof Rory Medcalf
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
- Finn Coverdale
This is a core course in the Master of National Security Policy degree. It is also available as an elective to other students seeking a broad introduction to national security policy that bridges the practical and the conceptual. This course examines the structures, processes, actors and norms of national security policymaking, with reference to the Australian experience. The subject matter includes: the challenge of translating national security concepts into addressing practical policy problems; the nature, purpose and limitations of national security policymaking; actors, interests and structures in national security; practical aspects of national security policymaking including strategy, risk management and the impact of technology; the role of the private sector, interest groups, the media and academia/think tanks; national security policymaking in comparative perspective; and prospects for reform.
In line with the NSC’s signature pedagogy, this course is delivered as a collaboration between an academic convener and a policy practitioner. Guest presentations are included, both from other national security academics and from current and former senior policymakers, with the course convener and practitioner acting as discussants to sustain engagement with the content combining concepts and practice. Several of the seminars in the course provide a preview of other national security (elective) courses, improving students’ ability to structure their study experience. A highlight of the course is a fully-fledged exercise simulating whole-of-government national security policymaking in a crisis scenario.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply concepts of national security to critically analyse practical national security policymaking
- Demonstrate a working understanding of the context, processes, challenges and options for national security policy development and implementation
- Understand the workings of the Australian national security policy community, including as a model to assess the national security architecture in other countries
- Conduct independent research on national security policy issues
- Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of written and oral forms for professional and scholarly audiences.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
A wide range of relevant texts to be provided to students via Wattle site. There is no one prescribed textbook.
It is important that students read widely on current issues in Australian national security and international affairs, eg. media, blogs, journals, National Security College policy publications, parliamentary Hansard, White Papers, speeches, political biographies etc.
A good primer is:
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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture - Week 1: From concepts to policy: translating national interests, values and identity into national security policymaking|
|2||Lecture - Week 2: Politics and parliament|
|3||Lecture - Week 3: Law and national security policy|
|4||Lecture - Week 4: The policy cycle and policy architecture (departments and agencies)|
|5||First assessment item due: recorded spoken policy presentation: framing a policy problem||Recorded policy presentation due, Monday 22 August 2022|
|6||Lecture - Week 5: The policy-intelligence nexus|
|7||Lecture - Week 6: 'External' influences: media, civil society, think tanks, academia, industry|
|8||Mid Semester Break|
|9||Lecture - Week 7: Strategy|
|10||Second assessment item due: research essay||Research essay due, Friday 23 September 2022|
|11||Lecture - Week 8: Leadership, crisis and risk|
|12||Lecture - Week 9: Exercise - whole-of-government decision making|
|13||Lecture - Week 10: Technology and national security policy|
|14||Third assessment item: policy brief||Policy brief due, Monday 17 October 2022|
|15||Lecture - Week 11: national security policy in comparative perspective (US, UK, India, Finland)|
|16||Lecture - Week 12: emerging challenges in national security policymaking (eg. federalism, geoeconomics) and prospects for reform|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Spoken presentation on framing a policy problem||20 %||22/08/2022||30/08/2022||1, 2, 3, 5|
|Research Essay||50 %||23/09/2022||07/10/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Policy brief||30 %||21/10/2022||01/12/2022||1, 2, 3, 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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Students are encourage to participate in seminars and tutorials. Participation will be especially beneficial in preparing for the first and third assessment items.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5
Spoken presentation on framing a policy problem
Due 22 August 2022 at 11.55pm
Length: 5 minutes maximum
Students will be asked to record a video presentation of 5 minutes framing a national security policy problem. Full details including rubric will be provided in week 1.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Due 23 September at 11.55pm
Length: 3,000 words
Is constructed in a way that enhances the argument made, methodology is thoughtful, clear and followed by the text
Clearly and persuasively makes a novel and insightful argument
Lucid, easily readable and well presented text, clearly worded and articulate, free from obvious typos or formatting errors
Judiciously referenced, uses a wide variety of reputable sources, critically analyses evidence to support wider claims
Is constructed in a way that makes the argument clear, methodology is suitable and followed by the text
Clearly and persuasively makes an argument
Well written text presented clearly, few typos or formatting errors
Well referenced, uses a variety of reputable sources, some good analysis of evidence
Is constructed in a way that attempts to make the argument clear, methodology is suitable and is largely followed by the text
Attempts to make a clear argument
Understandable text, basic presentation, a handful of textual or format errors
Adequately referenced, uses a variety of sources, displays some awareness of suitability of sources chosen
Is constructed in a way that attempts to make the argument, methodology attempts to be coherent but is not always followed by the text
Attempts to make an appreciable argument
Sometimes confusing textual style, inconsistent formatting, somewhat regular textual or formatting errors
Minimal referencing, few sources chosen beyond course material, little critical engagement with sources
Claims to have a structure but is largely incoherent, methodology consistently ill-applied or absent
Claims to make an argument that is not appreciably attempted, or makes no argument at all
Confusing textual style, poor formating, regular errors in text
Barely referenced, heavily reliant on a small number of sources, no critical engagement with sources used
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5
Due 21 October at 11:55pm
Students will be asked to provide a policy brief providing recommendations for a government to address a national security problem. Full details, examples of previous high-scoring work, and a rubric will be provided by week 6. Word length 1500.
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Australian national security, foreign policy, defence, China, India, Indo-Pacific, maritime security, nuclear issues, foreign interference, futures analysis.
Prof Rory Medcalf
Prof Rory Medcalf