Strategic Thinkers - 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
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  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

This unit was previously known as Advanced Security Studies.

This unit provides a capstone experience through the critical survey of key texts in the multidisciplinary field of security studies. The unit is not lecture-based, but is conducted as a reading-intensive seminar. Students will read a selection of classic texts and, through a series of review essays, glean, apply, critique, and compare insights from those texts as they relate both to the academic discipline of security studies and to real-world security questions. The readings will develop the intellectual history of the field, allowing for an examination of shifting conceptual frameworks and research traditions, and for a comparison of alternative methodological approaches. And they will highlight important substantive questions that matter for security policy and practice. In particular, students will be encouraged to undertake a critical examination of the assumptions that underlie important debates and issues in the field today. Students are required to read three or four full texts over the course of the unit.

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

  1. understand arguments developed by key strategic thinkers, their historical context and their application in the different dimensions of modern strategy
  2. critically analyze and contrast arguments  by key strategic thinkers
  3. produce structured arguments building on major theoretical frameworks in the field of strategic studies
  4. apply the key concepts and ideas reviewed in the couse to analyze and explain past and contemporary strategic issues
  5. understand how concept and ideas explored in this course relate to the other units of the program.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (25%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (25%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

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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

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939: Reissued with a

    By:Carr, E. H.

    ISBN: 9781349950751


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  • History Of The Peloponnesian War

    By:Thucydides (warner)

    ISBN: 9780140440393


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  • American Diplomacy: Fiftieth-Anniversary Expanded

    By:Kennan, John J Mearsheimer and

    ISBN: 9780226431482


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