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Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy

Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8921 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX921

Consider Australia’s strategic and defence policy since federation, and the decision-making process of the ADF and alliances such as ANZUS. Judge policy concepts and defence economics by evaluating white papers and force posture reviews.

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

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Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy

About this subject

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

    1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding 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.

Entry requirements

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-PICX921 (Not currently available)


Admission to MPICT or MCPICT or PGDipPICT or GradDipCPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MCPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT921, PICX921

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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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.

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

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