• Offered by Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Frain
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2022
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This course is only open to students who are posted as course members on the Australian Command and Staff Course.

This course aims to develop an understanding of the personal requirements needed for the leadership of complex and diverse organisations, such as the modern military, at operational and strategic levels. The course examines the historical and theoretical aspects of leadership studies. From this base, students seek to analyse the role of the individual across the spectrum of leadership practice, from personal influence through to organisational strategy. Students are challenged to look at ethical and legal dimensions of leadership, influence and decision making, and to consider the challenges of rules-based order, command, ethics, innovation and leadership. This course prepares students to become effective Commanding Officers (or equivalent) within their Defence Force (or service), and equips them with the leadership awareness and skills to make a positive contribution to government, NGO, commercial or not-for-profit organisations at a comparable level. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the interrelated nature of command, leadership and ethics at the operational and strategic level.
  2. Examine contemporary military and civilian leadership theories and models.
  3. Analyse command and leadership in the ADF/Defence and civilian sectors at the strategic and operational levels.
  4. Analyse and critically appraise the command and leadership styles of historical figures.
  5. Reflect on individual leadership and critically apply a leadership framework to case studies and real world situations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written Brief/Oral Presentation 1 (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Written Brief/Oral Presentation 2 (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Essay (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Teaching will occur intensively across approximately 22 working days. Assessment is scheduled during the teaching period as part of the overall program timetabling.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must be studying Graduate Diploma of Military and Defence Studies or Graduate Certificate of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies or Master of Military and Defence Studies Advanced.

You will need to contact the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Core reading materials will be available as an e-brick


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:
12 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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $8400
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $12000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3566 14 Jun 2022 17 Jun 2022 17 Jun 2022 22 Jun 2022 In Person N/A

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