• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Security Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual

National Security Law is a burgeoning field of concern for Government, security agencies, rights monitors, and the Australian public. As both the nature of threats (represented by, for example, the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US, or the rise of cyber security as a major national security concern) and the concept of ‘security’ have evolved, legal responses have similarly evolved. 

This course offers an overview of a number of issues concerning national security law. 

The course will commence with a series of building blocks (such as heads of power, conceptions of security, historical background). This will then allow more detailed exploration of a series of institutional issues (such as the legislative arrangements for important national security institutions, and the ‘security law’ making and monitoring process), practical issues (such as use of force, and use of classified information in prosecutions), and thematic issues (such as the national security – civil rights balancing debate). Learning activities include podcasts and interactive seminars.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and critique the main features of the way in which  Australian national security institutions are organised, and in particular the legal basis on which they operate;
  2. Analyse the main features of the framework of Australian national security law, how this legal framework developed and how it currently operates;
  3.  Examine, and critically analyse, practical and thematic issues arising from the way in which national security institutions and laws have developed and currently operate in Australia; and
  4. Plan and conduct Australian National Security Law research with some independence, and critically reflect upon the outcomes in oral and/or written format.

Work Integrated Learning

Simulation/Virtual

The practical components of this course provides students with the opportunity to put into practice the legal concepts, knowledge and skills acquired in a concrete way using real world simulations. Students are required to respond to a pre-set short problem scenario where students will and respond as a lawyer, providing ‘verbal legal advice’. The scenarios are developed throughout the course. 

Other Information

N/A

Indicative Assessment

  1. The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the teaching period. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the class summary and on the course WATTLE page. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught semi-intensively with compulsory contact hours of approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching. The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed or be completing LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law and have completed LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed or be currently studying LAWS2202/LAWS6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law and have completed LAWS1206/LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8485 Australian National Security Law.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when finalised.

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. 

Assumed Knowledge

N/A

Fees

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:
34
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.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
3734 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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