Courses & Units

Strategy, Security and Statecraft HIR403



Unit offered subject to sufficient numbers


This unit is concerned with international security, diplomacy and strategic studies, primarily from a 'traditional' vantage point (which relates to the study of war, arms control, conflict management and a range of associated issues linked to statecraft and foreign policy). It examines a range of contentious contemporary issues in detail. 

The first section of the unit will cover the key issues relating to the future of conflict, and will examine theories of diplomacy as a discrete activity with its own traditions. It will then look at a set of specific strategic problems: US grand strategy, ballistic missile defences, nuclear strategy and the 'new agenda' requiring more creative methods of diplomacy such as human rights, environmental issues, and asymmetrical threats such as terrorism. Each of those topics offers an opportunity to look in greater detail at a particular key issue.


Unit name Strategy, Security and Statecraft
Unit code HIR403
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Dr Catherine Goetze

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $1,587.00 2017: $3,806.00 090101

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • HSG405


Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 2 hour seminar weekly (13 weeks)

Off Campus: Web based delivery


On Campus: 2 x 750 word seminar papers (20%), 1500 word critical review essay (20%), 5000 word major research paper (60%)

Off Campus: 500 word role profile (10%), 2000 word simulation participation (30%), 1500 word role summary (20%), 4000 word major essay (40%)

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