• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, International Security
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Greg Raymond
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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  • Graduate Attributes
    • Indigenous Perspectives

Is war likely between global powers the United States and China? Could we see a nuclear conflict in the next decade? What is the role of race in international security? Should we see climate change as a security challenge? To answer these questions this course introduces its students to a wide variety of theoretical perspectives on international security and applies these to historical and contemporary cases to illustrate their relevance. By focusing on both traditional and non-traditional security issues, the course seeks to provide students with analytical frameworks and the empirical basis to understand the complexity of contemporary security issues.

STST1001 is designed to provide the foundation for the later-year courses in the Bachelor of International Security Studies program which will look in greater depth at the international, internal and transnational security challenges facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the globe.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and summarise knowledge of the concept of security and the diverse range of traditional and non-traditional security challenges
  2. Identify and explain the core analytical and empirical frameworks that are required for undertaking more in-depth analysis of international security challenges covered in later-year courses
  3. Conduct in-depth analyses of marginalized issues, such as Indigenous perspectives, race and decolonization, and contrast them with the mainstream theoretical perspectives on international security.
  4. Employ written and oral communication skills to clearly and confidently articulate your ideas about international security
  5. Reflect critically on the key security issues arising in the Asia-Pacific region

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,3]
  2. Short Essay (1,000 words) (20) [LO 2,3]
  3. Long Essay (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Take home exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text are currently required for this course. All readings will be provided electronically via Wattle.



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2247 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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