• Class Number 7287
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Emily Robertson
    • AsPr Garth Pratten
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

Asia's economic rise has benefited Australian immensely in commercial terms. From a security perspective, however, it presents a raft of potentially significant dilemmas. This course examines the immense promise and potential strategic pitfalls that confront Australia at the dawn of the so-called Asian century. Questions to be examined in this course include: might Australia be forced to make a choice between its leading trading partner China and its closest security ally the United States if and when strategic competition deepens between these two regional heavyweights? What alternative security arrangements might Australia seek as the relative strategic weight of its American ally declines in the face of Asia's rise? How might Australia compensate for the fact that it might no longer be able to maintain a clear military technological edge over many of its increasingly prosperous Southeast Asian neighbours? And will Australia be forced to cede ground in its own South Pacific sphere of influence as Asia's great powers become increasingly interested and engaged in this part of the world?

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. To provide course members with a greater empirical understanding of the range of national security challenges confronting Australia at the dawn of the so-called 'Asian century', both through the material delivered in lectures, as well as via the reading material assigned.
  2. To provide course members with a series of analytical frameworks for better understanding the complexities of the national security challenges confronting Australia at the dawn of the Asian century.
  3. To assist course members with developing the skills required to clearly and confidently articulate their ideas regarding Australia's national security challenges in the Asian century through in-class discussions, a variety of written assessments and tutorial based activities.

Additional Course Costs


Required Resources


There is no essential preliminary reading for this course, but you are encouraged to explore these books before we start:

·        Dean, Fruehling and Taylor [eds.] Australia’s Defence: Towards a new Era? Melbourne: Melbourne University Press 2014

·        Gyngell, Alan. Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942, Melbourne: Black Inc 2017.

It would also be a great idea—if you are not doing so already—to read the Lowy Interpreter http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/ and ASPI Strategist http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/ blogs regularly. 

Staff Feedback

Students 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 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 26 July Topic: Introduction: Australia's security in the Asian Century
2 Module One: The practice of Australian Security (1 August - 29 August) 2 August Topic: Geography versus History
3 9 August Topic: The Military Instrument: Structure, role and capability of the ADF in the context of the US alliance
4 16 August Topic: Making Australian Security Policy
5 23 August Topic: Climate change, pandemics and other disasters
6 Module Two: Australia and its Region (29 August - 3 October) 30 August Topic: Proximity: South-East Asia
7 20 September Topic: Influence: Oceania
8 27 September Topic: Blind spots: Indian Ocean and Antarctica
9 Module Three: Australia and the New Cold War (4 October - 25 October) 4 October Topic: Vulnerability: Geo-Economics and Resource Security
10 11 October Topic: Technology and New Frontiers in Security
11 18 October Topic: Australia and the age of Information Warfare
12 25 October Topic: Choices Managing risks into the future

Tutorial Registration

Via Wattle site. Tutorial registrations will close at the end of the first week of semester, and commence in the second week of semester.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Contribution to Peer Learning 10 % 08/01/2022 02/12/2022 1,2,3
Historical Document Assessment 25 % 17/08/2022 31/08/2022 1,2,3
Security Threat Assessment Exercise - Group Presentation and Individual Written Assessment 35 % 20/09/2022 18/10/2022 1,2,3
Exam 30 % * * 1,2,3

* 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 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 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 08/01/2022
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Contribution to Peer Learning

This is assessment is more than a simple attendance mark. It does, however, contain an attendance component. The first 50% of the mark is for attendance. Attendance at one tutorial will earn 4.54% up to 50% for all eleven. Legitimate (beyond a student's control), documented absences, communicated in writing to the tutor will be counted for this component of the mark. Except in exceptional circumstances, work-related absences will not count - there is sufficient choice in tutorial times for students to manage work requirements.

The second 50% of the mark will be determined by students' participation in class, in effect their contribution to each other's learning, and the manner in which they conduct themselves; tutorials for this course will encourage curiosity, inclusivity, and respect.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 17/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 31/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Historical Document Assessment

In this assessment students will be provided a selection of historical Australian security policy documents, which they will be required to compare in order to identify changes in Australia's security discourse across time.

Word Limit: 1,500 words

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 20/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 18/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Security Threat Assessment Exercise - Group Presentation and Individual Written Assessment

Group presentation: 10 percent

Individual written exercise: 20 percent

(Note: only the group presentation will be marked as a group exercise. The mark for the written element of the assignment will be based on the individual student's work).

This assignment is designed to assist students with developing a range of skills that will be useful in a security work environment.

As part of ensuring students gain maximum experience in understanding security threat assessments, the two groups that provide the best presentations will be asked to present again at the final lecture to policy experts who will provide further feedback. This will also be a good opportunity for the entire class to put their own questions to the policy analysts.

Note: online options for the presentation will be available if needed, and all lectures will be set up to be dual purpose.

Written element word limit: 2,000 words

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Time and Date TBA

The exam for STST3002 will be a 3 hour online exam. At (time TBA) you will access to the exam script, and will need to upload your responses BEFORE (Time TBA) (ie. three hours later). Please upload a MS word file. You may type into the exam script orient a seperate file. The exam has three questions of equal value, and you need to answer all three (ie.e. we recommend you allocate yourself on hour per question).

The questions are fairly broad, and you will not find a 'right' answer in the readings, course notes or on the internet.

What we are looking for is your ability to answer the question drawing on the conceptual, historical and contemporary knowledge on Australian security that has been covered in the course. There is no need for footnotes - write the exam as you would if you had no access to the internet, notes or sources. However, the standard rules regarding plagiarism an academic integrity of course apply.

There is not minimum or maximum word limit, but given the time available, we would not expect you to write more than 700 words on each question. Content in terms of reasoned argument and the use of case studies and theoretical concepts is more important than length.

Length: Approx 2,000 words

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community 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 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 University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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 of assessment tasks without an extension is 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 The Course Convener may grant extensions 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).
Emily Robertson
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Information Warfare, Civil-Military Relations

Emily Robertson

By Appointment
AsPr Garth Pratten

Research Interests

AsPr Garth Pratten

By Appointment

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