National Security: Policy and Strategy - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Emergency mgt plan 2,000 words (40%) , Case Study - Case study 2,000 words (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines national security policy and strategy as it is developed and pursued by governments and private sector organisations. It examines the policy development, monitoring and evaluation role of government departments and agencies, the concept of national interests and the process and logic of strategy formulation.

The unit then moves on to national security policymaking processes and the policy coordination role of certain agencies. It will also discuss private sector influence on national security policy and private sector approaches to securing information, infrastructure and assets from infiltration or attack. Finally, the unit will compare continuity of government and business continuity approaches to contingency planning.

This unit complements other core units at level 2, particularly PICX210, which covers the operational aspects of homeland security, and PICX213, which focuses on disaster resilience and crisis response.

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
  5. examine the influence of external stakeholders to the formulation and implementation of Australian national security policy
  6. employ a whole-of-government perspective to a policy coordination challenge.
  • Assessment — Emergency mgt plan 2,000 words (40%)
  • Case Study — Case study 2,000 words (40%)
  • Report — Group scenario report 1,000 w (20%)

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.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1National security policy and strategy
2Policy development
3Monitoring and evaluation role of government departments and agencies
4Private sector influence on national security policy
5Approaches to contingency planning

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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