• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Areas of interest Security Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Danielle Ireland-Piper
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2023
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Available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2023 class dates: 3, 10 & 17 February.

This course examines a theme frequently identified as a significant security challenge for policymakers: the role of borders and migration in security. The course draws from the interdisciplinary nature of scholarly writing on this topic to provide students with the conceptual and empirical knowledge to make informed and policy-focused analyses. The course will consider human movement, territory, citizenship and borders through critical, practical and national security lenses. Students will be provided frameworks for understanding contemporary events and evolving issues. Alongside academic teaching, engagement with policy practitioners will underscore the challenges in formulating and implementing border and migration policy in an Australian context.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand concepts related to borders, human movement and migration, with the ability to critically analyse them in a national security context
  2. Evaluate contemporary local, regional, and global challenges and policy options relating to borders, human movement and national security
  3. Critically analyse the responsiveness of security agencies to the security challenges posed by borders and human movement
  4. Communicate ideas and analysis to demonstrate both scholarly and policy-focused engagement with the subject matter

Indicative Assessment

  1. Policy Review (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Academic Essay (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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2 days (seminars) plus one extra day (seminars, consultations and public information campaigns)

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

A list of readings will be provided in lieu of a prescribed text

Preliminary Reading

Miller, David, Christine Straehle (eds.), The Political Philosophy of Refuge (CUP, 2019).

Curley, Melissa and Vandyk, Kahlia, “The Securitisation Of Migrant Smuggling In Australia And Its Consequences For The Bali Process” Australian Journal Of International Affairs, 2017, 71(1), pp. 42-62.

Fine, Sarah, Lea Ypi (eds.), Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership (OUP: 2016).

Sager, Alex (ed.), The Ethics and Politics of Immigration (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Straehle, Christine, “Justice in Migration,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 48(2) (2018): 245-265.

Reslow, Natasja “Human rights, domestic politics, and informal agreements: parliamentary challenges to international cooperation on migration management”, Australian Journal Of International Affairs, 2019, 73(6), pp. 546-563.

Wellman, C.H., Phillip Cole, Debating the Ethics of Immigration (OUP, 2011).

Miller, David, Strangers in our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration (HUP, 2016).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
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3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3090
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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
1590 03 Feb 2023 03 Feb 2023 10 Feb 2023 10 Mar 2023 In Person View
1591 03 Feb 2023 03 Feb 2023 10 Feb 2023 10 Mar 2023 Online View

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