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INR3003 War and Terrorism: Introduction to Strategic Studies

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Richard Gehrmann
Moderator: Anna Hayes

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


An understanding of strategic studies is an important component of international relations in the contemporary world. The competing interests of state and nonstate actors shape the lives of the global population, and this course provides vital knowledge about the security issues that shape war and peace today.


Terrorism, the invasion of Iraq and Australian led peacekeeping intervention in the region have increased interest in warfare and strategic issues in a variety of rapidly evolving scenarios. The use of force in world politics and the history of modern war have become an integral part of our daily lives. To understand such issues, students need to develop an in depth perspective on the development of strategic studies in the contemporary world. This course will focus on developments in strategic studies, including land, air and sea power, and their application to theories and issues. Terrorism, Peacekeeping, weapons of mass destruction, and international law all play a part in the relationships that shape contemporary warfare. The course is particularly suited to International Relations and History students.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by comprehending, defining and applying the essential terminology of strategic studies;
  2. discuss, briefly, the main events, places and people responsible for the development of theories of warfare;
  3. critically discuss the evolution of joint warfare, twentieth century theories of warfare, and contemporary issues of grand strategy;
  4. assess the application of strategic studies to selected case studies;
  5. communicate analytically in writing by preparing and submitting two essays in the International Relations discipline;
  6. demonstrate cultural literacy skills by describing and applying strategic studies to the use of force in the contemporary world;
  7. ethical research and inquiry skills by applying both the norms of research and referencing in their work.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Strategic and Security Studies, Reading Security Studies and the History of War 10.00
2. International Law, Just War and the Use of Force 10.00
3. The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace 10.00
4. Land Warfare, Sea Power and Air Power 10.00
5. Deterrence, Arms Control and Disarmament 10.00
6. Terrorism, Counterinsurgency & Irregular Warfare 10.00
7. The Revolution in Military Affairs: Technology and War 10.00
8. Weapons of Mass Destruction 10.00
9. The United Nations, Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations 10.00
10. Non Traditional Security and the Future of Strategic Studies 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Ayson, R & Ball, D (eds) 2006, Strategy and security in the Asia Pacific, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, NSW.
  • Baylis, J et al (eds) 2010, Strategy in the contemporary world: an introduction to strategic studies, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Combs, C 2011, Terrorism in the 21st century, Longman Pearson, Sydney.
  • Grey, J 1999, A military history of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    (Rev Edn.)
  • Tow, W 2001, Asia-Pacific strategic relations: seeking convergent security, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Tow, W 2001, Asia-Pacific strategic relations: seeking convergent security, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Students can also consult recent editions of the following journals: Asian Survey; Australian Army Journal Journal; Australian Journal of International Affairs; Australian Journal of Politics and History; Contemporary Southeast Asia; Current History; Defence Reporter; Foreign Affairs; International Affairs; International Security; Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics; Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History; The Pacific Review.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 3.00
Lectures or Directed Study 52.00
Private Study 111.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MAJOR ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 100 40 21 May 2012
TUTORIAL ESSAY (1000 words) 100 20 08 Jun 2012 (see note 1)
2 HOUR EXAMINATION 100 40 End S1 (see note 2)

  1. Tutorial Essays are due on the day of the class discussion of the relevant topic. Students will be allocated their tutorial topic in the first week of the semester in the lecture.
  2. Students will be advised of exam dates when the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    o writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    o calculators which cannot hold textual information paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); ??. .
    Examiners may also like to allow students access to translation dictionaries during a restricted examination and a suitable addition to the above statement in this case is:
    o Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    o Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate?s possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.