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National Security (11242.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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National security is more than territorial integrity or a question of sovereignty. Globalisation, non-state actors, weapons proliferation, climate change, potential energy shortages and financial turmoil are forcing us to rethink security. Contemporary national security statements and documents as well as the changing nature of the state and our future security environment will be examined. New security threats will be considered in the context of risk and how the elements of national power can be applied to counter their effect. The course will review the changing nature of war and consider terrorism, insurgency and counterinsurgency theories and the effectiveness of intervention and stabilisation strategies to assist failed and failing states. The unit will conclude with a comparative study of international security architectures and an assessment of Australia's national security apparatus and approach.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the changing nature of the state and security in a globalised security environment;

2. Analyse new threats and challenges to national security;

3. Assess the policies and procedures required to produce a whole of government response to national security problems;

4. Evaluate how the elements of national power can be used to counter national security threats and challenges;

5. Compare and assess Australia?s national security architecture with international models; and

6. Reflect upon their unit experience, including theories, discussions and feedback, and how it relates to the goals set out in their professional portfolio.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on-campus per week.


11238 Introduction to International Relations AND must have passed 24 credit points.



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Equivalent Units

8246 National Security

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