• 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
    • Dr James Mortensen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

As an individual research project, this course provides students with an opportunity to acquire an advanced level of knowledge concerning their own choice of a national security issue and build the student’s skills in research and complex writing. Regular supervisory sessions will help facilitate and support the completion of the research project. Research projects will be supervised by the course convenor and supported by class and supervisory discussions. Students will identify their own research topic in discussion with the course convenor, present their research questions to the rest of the class and write an academic research paper. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a capacity for critical reflection so that the assumptions underpinning national security concepts and policies can be effectively scrutinised.
  2. Develop an intellectually rigorous conception of national security connecting theoretical and practical perspectives.
  3. Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex issues in the area of national security.
  4. Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of written and oral forms.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Presentation of Research Proposal (0) [LO 1,4]
  2. Presentation of Research Progress (0) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Major Research Project (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Two-hour weekly seminars (24 hours).

Three two hour extra research skills seminars (6 hours).

Individual study approx. 8-10 hours per week (100-120 hours).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are unable to enrol in this course if you have previously completed NSPO8022

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett, Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences, BCSIA, Cambridge MA, 2004

Gary King, Robert Keohane and Sidney Verba, Designing Social Inquiry, Princeton University Press, 1994


Richard J. Evan, In Defence of History, Granta, 2018


Lawrence Neuman, Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches -2nd Edition, Allen & Bacon, 2006


M. Wallace and A. Wray, Critical Reading and Writing for Post-Graduates, Sage Publications


Robert K. Yin, Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 4th Edition, Sage Publications, 2008


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:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4162 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View
On Campus
4163 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
9001 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
9002 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online View

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