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National Security: Policy and Strategy - PICX211

This unit critically examines how the Australian government formulates defence and national security policy. The unit explores the historical development of Australia’s defence policy by looking at the political, geographic and cultural factors that have shaped Australian perceptions of its own security requirements. The unit then discusses the current strategic challenges facing Australia, including the rise of China, the US ‘pivot’ to Asia, regional military modernisation, and the threats emanating from weak and failing states. The unit concludes by examining current Australian defence debates on how best to respond to these emerging security threats and challenges. By the end of this unit, students will possess a deep understanding of the issues involved with how Australia can and might use military force to pursue its strategic interests. The unit complements PICX112, which addresses Indo-Pacific security.

All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see

Credit Points: 1
When Offered:

S1 OUA - Session 1, offered through Open Universities Australia

S2 OUA - Session 2, offered through Open Universities Australia

Staff Contact(s): Dr Adam Lockyer



NCCW(s): PICT211
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: oua-Normal unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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