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Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy - PICX921

The rise of China and India to great power status, arms modernisation trends across the region and unresolved territorial disputes in the South China Sea are collectively producing an unprecedented period of uncertainty in Australian defence policymaking. Against this backdrop, Australia’s major ally, the United States, is increasingly expecting its allies and partners to play a more active role in the region. Consequently, the debate over Australia’s strategic and defence policy choices has intensified in recent years. This unit provides students with the foundational knowledge of Australia’s strategic and defence policy. Students will not only explore how external developments are shaping defence policy, but also look internally into the process of how Australian defence policymaking is created. In particular, this unit will examine the bureaucratic politics within the Department of Defence and between the three Services (Navy, Army and Air Force) when shaping defence policy formation.

When Offered:

S1 OUA - Session 1, offered through Open Universities Australia

Staff Contact(s): Professor Ben Schreer, Dr Adam Lockyer

Admission to MPICT or MCPICT or PGDipPICT or GradDipPICT or GradDipCPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MCPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud or GradDipIntSecStud Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PICT921
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: OUA
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Faculty of Arts

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