• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Blaxland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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This course provides a detailed investigation into the history, working and challenges experienced by Australia’s security and intelligence organisations. The course is designed to examine and contrast the varying roles and functions of the various agencies as part of Australia’s national security apparatus in the context of its engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. The course considers how the various intelligence and security functions and organisations have evolved and how they have interacted with society and how they have helped shape Australia’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the components of the Australian Intelligence Community
  2. Explain how and why the AIC came to be configured as it is
  3. Explain the role of the AIC in Australia’s national security community and national security strategy
  4. Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the AIC
  5. Evaluate the significance of the AIC for Australia as an Asia-Pacific power

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10) [LO null]
  2. Intelligence Assessment (20) [LO null]
  3. In Class test (10) [LO null]
  4. Research Essay (40) [LO null]
  5. Final Exam (20) [LO null]

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130 hours, including 36 contact hours per semester


One three-hour interactive class for 12 weeks

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 48 units of university courses including at least two STST courses.

Prescribed Texts

Key readings will be provided via Wattle




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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2921 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

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