Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy in a Changing Asia - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

The rise of China and other regional powers, arms modernisation trends and unresolved territorial disputes in the South China Sea and elsewhere make the Asia Pacific region highly conflict prone. Furthermore, Australia’s major ally, the United States, expects its allies and partners to play a more active role in a more dynamic security environment. Consequently, the debate over Australia’s strategic and defence policy choices has intensified in recent years. This unit provides students with the foundational knowledge of Australia’s strategic and defence policy. It also exposes students to the key strategic and defence policy challenges for Australia as it faces a rapidly changing Asia-Pacific environment.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. construct and appraise knowledge of the historical evolution of Australia’s strategic and defence policy since Federation in 1901
  2. evaluate Australia’s defence decision-making process and its key actors, including theories of defence decision-making
  3. critically analyse and judge key defence policy concepts and primary sources, including defence white papers and force posture reviews
  4. demonstrate a reflective evaluation of the challenges for the force structure of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including capability development and defence economics
  5. critically analyse the key strategic and defence policy choices facing Australia’s decision-makers. This includes the future of the Australia-US alliance (ANZUS) and the strategic relations with key Asian players such as Indonesia, China and Japan.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (20%)

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

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