• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Specialisation code FODF-SPEC
Foreign and Defence Policy Specialisation

The foreign and defence policy specialisation is designed to enable students to develop expertise in the decision-making processes related to foreign policy decision-making, with a particular focus on defence-related matters. Through the specialisation students will have the opportunity to gain expertise in the foreign policy and defence policy decision-making processes of major powers in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia. Students will also be able to develop skills in the analysis of changes in the strategic environment, and the role foreign and defence policies have in responding to these changes.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop expertise in major theoretical frameworks for analysing the strategic environment, and the ways in which foreign and defence policies respond to changes in this environment;

  2. Become expert in the foreign and defence policies of major powers in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, and how they interact;

  3. Identify the major organisations and institutions with interests in foreign and defence policies;

  4. Communicate effectively to external audiences the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific international environment, and the ways major powers are responding to these challenges.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy (6 units)

INTR8067 US Foreign and Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy (6 units)

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking (6 units)

NSPO8009 Cyber and Emerging Technologies in National Security (6 units)

NSPO8032 Geoeconomics and National Security (6 units)

NSPO8034 China, America and National Security (6 units)

NSPO8041 Borders, Migration and Security (3 units)

NSPO8042 Civil-Military Relations (3 units)

NSPO8046 Terrorism and National Security (3 units)

NSPO8047 How Canberra Works: a guide for security policymakers (3 units)

NSPO8048 The Future of Intelligence (3 units)

NSPO8049 Security in the Indo-Pacific (3 units)

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future (6 units)

STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia (6 units)

STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges (6 units)

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century (6 units)

STST8066 Strategy, Statecraft and Diplomacy for the 21st Century (6 units)

This specialisation is available only to students undertaking the Master of Public Policy

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