Ethics and Security - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This course canvasses some of the major ethical, moral, and legal paradigms of thought within the field of Security Studies, and considers how those paradigms might inform our approach to a number of controversial and consequential questions of security policy and practice. Through both historical and contemporary case studies, students will examine and evaluate the ethical dimensions of various security-related issues such as the recourse to war, humanitarian intervention, human rights, wartime conduct, interrogation and torture, the use of particular (e.g., nuclear) weapons, intelligence and surveillance, and development assistance. Students will also undertake a major research project designed in consultation with industry professionals. Through this project, students will have the opportunity to apply the insights they have developed to one or more current security-related issues.

By the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the major ethical, moral, and legal paradigms of thought within the field of Security Studies
  2. apply that knowledge, in a considered and appropriate manner, to challenging questions of security policy and practice
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate ethical and professional standards expected of those working in the security sector
  4. develop a convincing argument in their writing, effectively supported by logical reasoning and apt sources.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (20%)

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.

You should have completed 12 units including (6 PICX units including PICX310). This unit can be taken as an alternate to PICX312 Dynamic Simulation and Strategic Planning (Capstone).

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Just and Unjust Wars

    By:Walzer, Michael

    ISBN: 9780465052714


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