• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Sinclair Dinnen
    • Mr James Batley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    See Future Offerings

Australian governments have consistently identified the island chain to the north of Australia, ranging from Indonesia through the Pacific Islands to New Zealand, as the region from or through which a security threat to Australia could most easily be posed.  As a result, Australia is engaged in extensive efforts to support stability and security in this region, which has been the site of significant Australian military deployments and policing operations, and remains a focus for Australia's development expenditure.  At the same time, recent years have seen a rise in engagement by 'non-traditional' powers in the Pacific islands, in particular China, which some observers have seen as threatening Australia's interests  in the region.  This course critically analyses the security challenges facing this region and, in particular, Australia's role in the security of the region.  This includes cooperation on transnational crime and counterterrorism; intervention and stabilisation; criminal justice assistance; governance capacity-building; natural disaster response; and substantial development assistance.  The course considers ways in which Pacific understandings of security differ from Australia's, and the implications of this for Australia's engagement with Pacific Island governments, security agencies and societies.  It also assesses the outlook over the next decade for security in this strategically important and rapidly changing region.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Express a comprehensive understanding of the security challenges facing Australia’s arc of instability.
  2. Describe the purpose and activities of the key Australian government agencies working to secure the region.
  3. Critically evaluate the Australian government’s efforts to secure the region.
  4. Demonstrate an insight into the particularities of the security challenges faces states in the region.
  5. Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial presentation 10%
  2. Briefing paper 20%
  3. Crisis simulation and reflective essay 35%
  4. Final take-home examination 35%

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90 minutes lecture session per week for 10 weeks, a 1-hour tutorial per week for 8 weeks, a one-day (7-hour) crisis simulation and one optional field visit per semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Key readings will be provided via Wattle.




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course 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
2019 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4053 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person

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