The course will provide an introduction to the subject of military command. It introduces the concept of command as vested authority incorporating elements of leadership and management. It also introduces several key issues of relevance to military commanders and examines whether there is a particular New Zealand style of command.
An introduction to the major themes within Defence Studies, including the impact of historical events on contemporary warfare, the relationship between national interests and military strategy and the employment of military forces.
An introduction to military operations in a joint (interservice) environment. It examines the application of military power in conventional warfare across the air, land, maritime, joint, interagency and multinational domains.
An introduction to the concept of border security. It will explore security challenges and the implications of these to border security both internationally and for New Zealand. It will also look at the various border security agencies and their responses to managing border security risks with a focus on interagency collaboration, risk management and the impact of policy.
Defence and Security Studies
294.180 Introduction to Security Studies15 credits
An introduction to contemporary security studies focusing on traditional and non-traditional security challenges and the ways in which security is understood and conceptualized in security studies discourse.
294.201 States, Borders and Resource Security15 credits
This course examines the dynamics of states seeking to secure resources for their own requirements, alongside the need to sustain and protect global resources such as oceans and the poles.
An examination of the theory and conduct of contemporary conventional warfare by studying the combat and non-combat use of military forces within joint (inter-service), combined (multinational) and interagency environments.
294.272 Intelligence in the Security Environment15 credits
This course provides a critical examination of intelligence focusing on the security environment. It looks at contemporary global and New Zealand-specific security risks, the intelligence cycle, and intelligence models that collect and analyse information to produce intelligence products that inform decision making.
294.280 Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific15 credits
This course examines emerging and re-emerging security issues in the Asia-Pacific and the theoretical and explanatory approaches used to understand and mitigate them.
This course examines the relationship between military forces and civilian agencies in the contemporary security environment. It explores the theoretical influences and types of Civil Military Relations as well as the interaction between military and civilian organisations in humanitarian assistance disaster relief, peace support and post conflict transition operations.
This course explores the root causes of new wars, the human cost to civilian populations, the impact of non-state actors such as private military contractors and transnational criminal groups, and the challenges such as protection of civilians, war crimes, war profiteering, and reconciliation.
This course examines the threats posed by Cyber Crime, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Infrastructure and Cyber Warfare to individuals, organisations and government agencies. Studies include the origins of threats, the evolution of technologies, the role of the state in offensive and defensive applications, and ethical considerations.
This course analyses the drivers and types of transnational crime, the factors that facilitate its successful operation, and the responses of states and the international community.
294.306 Security Governance and Management15 credits
This course explores key security governance mechanisms and structures, the role of public and private security sector actors, and the current and emerging security governance and management challenges.
294.309 Defence and Security Capstone Project15 credits
A practical or research project involving the planning, implementation and evaluation of a defence or security problem or opportunity.
A critical examination of the theories, concepts, evolution, and contemporary practice of peacekeeping (including peace-making, peace support, and humanitarian interventions) with application to the regional and global environments.
Defence and Strategic Studies
294.350 The History of Defence and Security Intelligence15 credits
A study of defence and security intelligence from ancient times through to today, with emphasis on the evolution of intelligence organisations and activities, the impact of technological advances, and the wider political, social and ethical issues surrounding its practice.
294.381 Terrorism and Political Violence15 credits
This course critically explores the concept of `Terrorism' and related forms of political conflict and violence. New Zealand's understanding and responses to the phenomena labelled as `terrorism' will be a key aspect of the course. The course will also address such substantive issues as the how non-state actors engaged in political conflict and violence fund their activities.
This course is an advanced study of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation. It critically examines the various theories, concepts and typologies of these phenomena, as well as response options and the challenges they pose in the contemporary international security environment.
294.711 Theories in Defence and Security30 credits
Advanced theoretical thinking in Defence & Security Studies drawing from International Relations, Conceptualisations of Power, Ancient and Modern Conceptualisations of War, and Human Security, Ethics and Identity. Students will select and apply one of the theory sets to a case study in order to develop the analytical skills for advanced research in the field of defence and security.
294.712 Economic and Environmental Security30 credits
This course offers an in-depth exploration and critical examination of contemporary environmental and economic security issues using theoretical analyses of case studies to propose alternative options for negotiating and/or governing wide ranging complex security issues.
The course provides an overview of international Counter Terrorism policy, strategy and operations as context for considering the challenges around implementing Counter Terrorism operations and policy analysis in the New Zealand.
An advanced study of security theory and domestic and international factors affecting the Asia-Pacific security environment with emphasis given to strategic, national security and defence policy in the region
294.720 Security; Concepts and Structures30 credits
This course develops core conceptual and structural understandings of the study of security. It outlines the philosophical frameworks underpinning the international security environment with particular attention given to foundational challenges in defence, terrorism, intelligence, regional security and border and biosecurity. Exploring these challenges provides a basis for examining a diverse range of international security factors, and evaluating the major ethical implications of security issues and responses.
Defence and Strategic Studies
294.741 Intelligence in the International Security Environment30 credits
An analysis of intelligence in the international security environment, focusing on key concepts and methodologies of intelligence gathering and analysis, the intelligence cycle, and analysis of applied intelligence in investigations and detection.
This course provides a critical analysis of security intelligence operations, utilising research and observations from selected case studies to understand the changing nature of intelligence and critically appraise the role of intelligence in national and international security operations.
Advanced study of concepts and practices for managing borders, and their relationship with national and global security, using case studies from the South Pacific, including the Antarctic.
Defence and Strategic Studies
294.790 Research Methods in Defence and Security Studies30 credits
Theory, practice and application of research for scholarly and professional works in defence and security studies including: qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, data collection and analysis, and interpretation to be applied to historical, contemporary or future-focused research.