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Pacific people and countries employ the concept of security with distinct characteristics. The ‘expanded security agenda’ laid out in 2018 Boe Declaration by the Pacific Islands Forum brings this into sharp relief with its emphasis on climate, environmental/resource, human and traditional security and the need for a more integrated and collaborative approach across sectors and jurisdictions. The expanded security agenda is the product of a long history in Pacific on political and security discourse. This micro-credential will allow enrollees to understand and explore Pacific outlooks on security. It will examine the convergences and differences between security, resilience and development, and their underlying principles and concepts. It will also examine some of the variations, differences and hairline fractures in the regional security outlook. While the people of the Pacific have endeavoured to frame their own definitions of security, the region has been buffeted by changes to the geopolitical landscape. The Pacific has become ‘crowded and complex’, as various external actors trial, test and push for influence. There are state and non-state actors all trying to shape the Pacific towards their interests. This credential will consider how Pacific people are leveraging the increased attention and hedging against the risks it poses to shape and build resilience to fit their context.This micro-credential has an applied public policy focus. The assessment challenges participants to take a Pacific lens to the analysis and development of public policy responses to security challenges.


  1. Securing what for who?
  2. Security, Resilience and Development: Making the Connections
  3. Security narratives in the Pacific
  4. Regional declarations on Pacific security over time – convergences & differences
  5. Securitisation, or Putting people at the centre?
  6. Security Framing: Pacific Island Forum leaders’ Boe Declaration on Regional Security
  7. Expanded security concept: Climate, Resource/environment, Human, Traditional security
  8. Geopolitics of security
  9. Security architecture - Regional collaboration or competition?
  10. The future of security in the region
  11. Scenario exercise – a practical application of the concept

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Understand the diversity and commonality in the way security is conceived in the Pacific Islands, including variations between regional security, national security, and security at the community level
  2. Understand the regional security priorities as framed by Pacific political leaders
  3. Critically examine the impact of the geopolitical contest on Pacific countries and consider their agency in response
  4. Explore the public policy levers available at a regional and national level the countries of the Pacific

Indicative assessment

Participation in scenario exercise: 50%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 ,4

Analytic essay: examination of a key security challenge from a Pacific perspective, including critical analysis of two regional security documents (2000 words) 50%; Links to LO: 2, 4

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA06

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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