Advanced Security Studies - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This unit was previously known as PICX851 Security II.

This unit provides a capstone experience to the Masters program through the critical survey of the students’ chosen field of study (MISS or MPICT). The unit is reading and seminar, rather than lecture, based, and throughout, students will engage deeply with key primary sources. The readings are designed to trace the intellectual history of each field, examine shifts in conceptual frameworks and research traditions, and compare alternative methodological approaches. In particular, students will be encouraged to examine important issues and debates in their field and critically explore the assumptions that sit behind these. The course is an exercise in critical thinking and is reading-intensive. Students will be expected to read the assigned materials in advance of each module and participate actively in discussion. There will only be three pre-recorded lectures for this unit.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and apply differing conceptual approaches to security, as they relate to a specialisation
  2. describe and interpret the deepening and broadening of security in the contemporary environment
  3. describe and review the relationship between traditional and non-traditional security issues
  4. state and explain the conceptual differences between key research paradigms as they apply to security studies
  5. describe the relationship between method and theory as applied within an independently synthesised research project
  6. synthesise and evaluate the key themes of a specialisation, demonstrating reflective awareness of the program curriculum
  7. create an appropriate research output through the demonstration of effective source material selection, critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of argument.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 (25%)
  • Participation (25%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Critical thinking in security studies
2understanding key texts
3exploring the development of the academic discipline
4evolution and change of important ideas in security
5where the discipline is going in the future

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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