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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Owen Hughes


Strategy began as a field of study with the military use of the term and by analogy later with business. The military use persists in strategic studies and the contrast between strategy and tactics. Both strategy in this sense and in the business strategy sense draw on early theorists such as Sun Tze, Thucydides, Machiavelli and Clausewitz. The aim of this unit is to link scholarship of the classic thinkers with practical experience. This unit is based on case studies with the focus on real world strategic situations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • understand the derivation of ideas about strategy
  • demonstrate a knowledge and awareness of key thinkers about strategy in different historical and locational contexts
  • critically evaluate how these different theories can be applicable to the contemporary setting
  • further enhance communication, inter-personal, problem solving and critical thinking capabilities.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Owen Hughes

Contact hours

39 contact hours


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses to undertake this unit: 3183, 3184, 3185, 3189, 3190, 3191, 3195, 3196, 3197, 3198, 3837, 3839, 3849 or 0028