Master of Strategy and Security (8572)
The Master of Strategy and Security is designed for postgraduate scholars, and foreign affairs, security and defence professionals who wish to gain a deeper and more advanced understanding of the factors shaping the global and Asia-Pacific security and strategic environments, and the complex policy challenges presented by the new security agenda. These include: managing international relations, non-state actors, regional and international security regimes, strategic planning, diplomacy and intelligence, traditional and human security, contemporary and historical conflicts, and the role of armed forces.
Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes
- Advanced disciplinary knowledge: Graduates will have acquired an advanced knowledge of strategy and security and an ability to apply this in a range of international contexts and environments.
- Research-based learning: Graduates will have developed an understanding of how new knowledge is produced and deeper knowledge acquired in and for strategy and security.
- Cognitive skills and critical thinking: Graduates will have developed advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills applicable to a range of strategy practices and security environments.
- Communication and adaptive skills: Graduates will be able to communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences, undertake both independent and collaborative enquiry, apply technical skills and be adaptive learners and practitioners.
- Global outlook: Graduates will gain an awareness of local and global dimensions of strategy and security.
Students must select a minimum of 3 courses (18 UOC):
|Core Courses||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Global Security||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Asia-Pacific Security: The Dynamics of Change||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Contemporary Strategy||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Delinquent Organisations in World Politics||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Power and Australian Government Policy||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
Students must select a maximum of 5 courses (30 UOC) of elective or additional core courses:
|Defence and Strategic Policy||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Modern Naval History and Strategy||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Amphibious Warfare||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|The Development of the Art of War: A Survey||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Legal and Moral Problems of International Violence||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Air Power in the 21st Century: Strategic Issues||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Comparative Defence Planning||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|The Justice of War: States, Self-Defence and Force||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Principles of Geographic Information Analysis and Remote Sensing||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Applications in Geographic Information Analysis||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Global and Regional Security||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Global Governance in an Age of Globalisation||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|China's Security Policy and Military Modernisation||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Global Justice and World Politics||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Reforming Repressive Regimes||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Cyber-Security and World Politics||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Weapons of Mass Destruction and Global Security||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|International Dynamics||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|American Empire||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Genocide: Perception and Intervention||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Civil Wars: Societies in Conflict||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Conflict Transformation||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Politics of International Law||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Cultural Dynamics||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Social Research Methods||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Nearest Neighbours: Asia-Pacific Literature, Culture and Communication||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Strategic Communication||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Culture and Conflict||Not Offered||Not Offered|
The option of undertaking a research project is available to Masters students who attain a high credit average or better in courses worth 24 UOC and is subject to the approval of the Head of School. The research project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher level research qualification. This project may be undertaken in a single session or as a full year course.
Students undertaking the Research Project will not have the option to undertake other courses offered in the Arts, Business or related coursework programs.
ZHSS8400 - Research Project - International and Political Study (Single Session) (12 UOC)
ZHSS8401 - Research Project - International and Political Study (Full Year) (6 UOC x 2 semesters)
To gain entry into the Masters of Strategy and Security by coursework program an applicant must:
1.1 Have met the requirements of a Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in a cognate discipline; or
1.2 Have met the requirements of a Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline; or
1.3 Have met the requirements of a 3 or 4-year Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline, which includes a major in the cognate discipline; and have completed at least 3-years full-time professional experience in a cognate discipline; or
1.4 Have met the requirements of a Bachelor degree in a NON-cognate discipline and have completed at least 4-years full-time professional experience in a cognate discipline; or
1.5 Submitted evidence of other academic qualifications and/or professional experience submitted to the Program Authority may be considered based on assessment of evidence of achievement of equivalent learning and in accordance with UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure.
Humanities and Social Science
See UNSW Canberra pathway options for admission to the MStratSec program.