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PLT4609 - Strategic Studies: A Critical Introduction

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Andy Butfoy


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Strategic studies is the analysis of the military dimension of international relations. Within this setting, the unit looks at the following topics: the role of US military power; security issues in the Asia-Pacific; Australian defence policy; threats to the peace; military intervention; arms control; and concepts of security.


This subject has the following objectives:

  1. to introduce students to the role of military power in international relations; and
  2. to enhance the ability of students to engage in critical reflection and produce reasoned, soundly structured and well presented analyses of the relationship between military power and significant themes in the broader debate on the working of the international system.


Essay (6000 words): 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week