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National Security (8246.3)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

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.The Prime Minister's 2008 National Security Statement, 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 course will conclude with a comparative study of international security architectures and an assessment of Australias national security apparatus and approach.

    Learning Outcomes


    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 withinternational models.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thoughts OR 6606 Government-Business Relations

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