National Security: Policy and Strategy - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit critically examines how the Australian government formulates defence and national security policy. The unit begins by exploring the historical development of Australia’s defence policy by looking at the different political, geographic and cultural factors that have shape Australia’s perceptions of its own security requirements and agenda. The unit discusses the current strategic challenges facing Australia such as the rise of China and the U.S. pivot to Asia, the military modernisation of its regional neighbours and the threats emanating from weak and failing states. The unit concludes by examining current Australian Defence debates on how best respond to these emerging security threats and challenges and generate security for Australia in the twenty-first century. By the end of this unit, students will possess a deep understanding of the issues involved with how Australia’s can and will use force to pursue its strategic interests. The unit complements PICX112, which addresses Indo-Pacific security.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. identify key decision-making processes in the formulation and implementation of national security policies and strategies
  2. explain the political and legal framework in which Australian national security policy is made
  3. identify key external stakeholders, such as the private sector, the media, think-tanks and lobby or interest groups, relevant to the Australian national security policy
  4. explain the concepts of business continuity and continuity of government in relation to national security contingency planning.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

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
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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