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.
149.115 Introduction to Defence Studies 15 credits
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.
149.140 An Introduction to Military Operations 15 credits
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.
149.151 An Introduction to the History of Modern Warfare 15 credits
A survey of the history of warfare, with special emphasis on the impact of technology on battlefield tactics from about 1450 until the present day.
149.170 Introduction to Border Security 15 credits
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.
149.180 Introduction to Security Studies 15 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.
149.190 Police and Policing in Society 15 credits
An introduction to theories and concepts of policing and how the nation and society fit into these. The course will also provide an overview of the evolution of police and law enforcement internationally and nationally.
149.210 Intermediate Logistics 15 credits
This course continues the study of military logistics in a contemporary perspective through an examination of a multi-functional logistics environment at the tactical level in peace and war.
149.215 Emerging Issues in Defence Studies 15 credits
An examination of emerging and re-emerging defence issues within the global environment, in particular the impact of these matters on the character of contemporary warfare and the employment of military forces.
149.245 Irregular Warfare 15 credits
The theory and conduct of irregular warfare including in joint (interservice), combined (multinational) and interagency environments, and incorporating both historical and contemporary case studies.
149.255 Conventional Warfare 15 credits
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.
149.265 Maritime Strategy 15 credits
A study of maritime strategy with a focus on maritime power theories, principles, and technology. The course includes particular reference to the Asia-Pacific maritime environment.
149.271 The Security of Global Trade 15 credits
This course explores the security of global trade, the supply chain, and the role of New Zealand and overseas border agencies. The course analyses the rise of globalisation, forging trade links and New Zealand agency roles in this context. The course addresses the balance between trade and security that states, state actors and wider society need to consider.
149.272 Intelligence in the Security Environment 15 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.
149.280 Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific 15 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.
149.295 Security in the Information Age 15 credits
This course examines the threats posed by Cyber Crime, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Infrastructure and Cyber Warfare to individuals, organisations and government agencies, including the origins of threats, the evolution of technologies, the role of the state in offensive and defensive applications, as well as ethical considerations in the form of accountability and transparency.
149.300 Current Issues in Command Studies 15 credits
An examination of contemporary events and trends in the political, military and social environment that may impact upon the nature of command, both now and in the future. The course employs a collaborative approach to the identification and analysis of current issues in the field of command studies.
149.315 Strategic Issues in Defence Studies 15 credits
An examination of military strategy and the employment of military forces in the global security environment by focusing on traditional and non-traditional use of military forces, how strategic studies might influence and shape military strategy formulation and our understanding of the role of military forces in response to global security challenges.
149.325 International Peacekeeping 15 credits
A critical examination of the theories, concepts, evolution, and contemporary practice of peacekeeping (including peace-making, peace support, and peace enforcement) with application to the regional and global environments.
149.335 Law of Armed Conflict 15 credits
This course is an examination of the law of armed conflict during times of international and non-international armed conflict.
149.350 The History of Defence and Security Intelligence 15 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.
149.360 Defence and Security Technology 15 credits
This course is an examination of the essential elements of technology in the defence and security environments and their impact upon the conduct of defence and security operations.
149.370 Psychology of Evidence in the Security Environment 15 credits
This course is an examination of the scientific field of psychology of evidence with a focus on practical application by police and security forces. Topics covered include psychological factors related to eyewitness testimony, false memories, investigative interviewing, false confessions, and detecting deception.
149.380 Strategy and Security 15 credits
This course explores strategy and security in global politics. It examines how different explanatory approaches can influence and shape strategy formulation and our understanding of security challenges.
149.381 Terrorism and Political Violence 15 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.
149.382 Biosecurity Theory and Practice 15 credits
An exploration of 'biosecurity' from a security studies theoretical perspective, and exposing students to a range of contemporary biosecurity issues and their management.
149.385 Security and the Law 15 credits
The course examines the institutions and legal principles that regulate the conduct of states in relation to national and international security.
149.701 The New Zealand Strategic Environment 30 credits
A study of strategic theory and the domestic and international factors affecting New Zealand's strategic environment.
149.704 Leadership, Management and Command 30 credits
An advanced study of the interrelated components of leadership, management and command with an emphasis on how these are applied in the contemporary security environment.
149.707 The Middle East Security Environment 30 credits
An advanced study of the Middle East security environment with a focus on the interplay of the geography, history, politics, and religions of the region and the impacts of these on both regional and global security.
149.709 Terrorism, Insurgency and Transnational Crime 30 credits
A consideration of the phenomenon of contemporary terrorism, its impact and the implications for defence and security forces.
149.710 Military History 30 credits
The study and application of military history in the military profession for the contemporary operating environment. The course assesses and analyses military history as a training, educational and doctrine- or policy-relevant learning tool, its relevance to tradition and esprit de corps, its methodologies and key debates, and forms of dissemination such as the professional journal, the staff ride, commemorative activity, museums, and official history.
149.715 The Asia-Pacific Strategic Environment 30 credits
An advanced study of strategic theory and domestic and international factors affecting the Asia-Pacific strategic environment with emphasis given to strategic, national security and defence policy in the region
149.716 Security of China as a Great Power 30 credits
A study of the People's Republic of China as a strategic actor at regional and international levels.
149.720 International Security 30 credits
A critical analysis of the essential principles of international security as applied in the contemporary operating environment. It explores the combined effects of a diverse range of factors on international security and evaluates the major ethical implications of the emerging security challenges and the potential responses to them.
149.725 International Security and Peacekeeping 30 credits
An advanced study of the role of peacekeeping in international security with a focus on the factors that need to be considered when establishing, conducting and evaluating international peacekeeping interventions in a multinational and interagency environment.
149.732 Public International Law for Defence and Security 30 credits
The course examines the international institutions and legal principles that regulate the conduct of states specifically in relation to defence and security issues, including the effectiveness of international bodies, the challenges of exercising jurisdiction, and the implications for defence and security policies of international cooperation with regard to international criminal and humanitarian law.
149.740 Security and Crime 30 credits
This course undertakes a critical assessment of criminological theories and the methods in which crime is described and analysed in relation to the international security environment. This course focuses on the role of various agencies in reducing and containing transnational crime and the merits of national security policies.
149.741 Intelligence in the International Security Environment 30 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.
149.744 Intelligence Operations 30 credits
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.
149.745 Crime Science 30 credits
A critical examination and application of the formal principles of Crime Science. Defined as a distinct method capable of facilitating the prevention and detection of crime by studying crime, not offenders the course will explore the underpinning features of Crime Science - ensuring problem identification and response options are all carefully understood before any application of Crime Science techniques are considered.
149.760 Defence and Security Technology 30 credits
An in-depth examination of advanced elements of defence and security technology and their impact on warfare and security operations.
149.770 Border Management in the Contemporary Security Environment 30 credits
A study of interagency border management set against the backdrop of key events in the contemporary security environment, with reference to international case studies that enable analysis and evaluation of the principles and processes of establishing and operating an interagency border management environment.
149.790 Research Methods in Defence and Security Studies 30 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-focussed research.
149.795 The Cyber Security Environment 30 credits
This course critically examines Cyber Security in the international security environment and considers the principles and evolution of Cyber Security technologies, threats, applications, responses as well as future considerations as they specifically apply to key areas of Cyber Security.
149.798 Research Report (30) 30 credits
149.799 Research Report (60) 60 credits
149.800 MPhil Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work
149.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
149.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
149.820 Applied Security Research Project 60 credits
Students undertake a research project that is relevant to and builds on their professional experience in international security.