• 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
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2024 class dates: 10, 11 & 12 July.

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. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts related to borders, human movement and migration.
  2. Engage critically with these concepts in addressing complex policy issues in a national security context.
  3. Evaluate contemporary local, regional, and global challenges and policy options relating to borders, human movement and national security.
  4. Critically analyse the responsiveness of security agencies to the security challenges posed by borders and human movement.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Policy Review (1000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research Essay (2000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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

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).


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