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Australian National Security

Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX3014 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX211

Understand how the Australian government formulates national security policy. Examine the strategic challenges facing Australia—the rise of China, U.S. pivot to Asia, military modernisation of our neighbours, and threats from weak and failing states.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

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Australian National Security

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Understand the inherent dangers to individual liberty and freedom originating from the security state
    2. Explain the historical evolution of Australian national security policy, including the role that culture, politics, race and geography have played in its development
    3. Identify the key threats and challenges currently confronting Australian national security policymakers
    4. Critically analyse the strategic and policy options current available to the Australian government regarding national security policy
    5. Demonstrate the ability to weigh and evaluate national security policy options

Entry requirements

Prior study

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

one of

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PICX211 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT211, PICX211
Pre-requisite 50cp at 2000 level or above

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Security Studies

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