Foundations of Modern Security: Challenge and Practice - 2016

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Unit summary

PICX601

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Essay Plan (50%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

As a multidisciplinary field, security studies has broadened and deepened its area of academic analysis since the end of the Cold War. This unit serves to introduce students to the core concepts and methods employed in this field, as well as key critical debates and theoretical approaches. While presenting a historical and thematic account of approaches to modern security, the unit examines the complexity of security within the globalised world, presenting and contrasting Australian, regional and international perspectives.

The learning outcomes of the Unit will align with the graduate capabilities expected at 600 level. The students will develop Discipline Specific Knowledge by understanding, assessing and analysing modern security from a thematic and historical perspective, with a focus on cultivating a multi-disciplinary perspective. Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking will be addressed by offering and evaluating alternate approaches to critical discourse on security. Problem Solving and Research Capability will be addressed through assessment exercises aimed atidentifying and analysing key debates in security studies, and synthesising and producing evaluative arguments that flow logically and are supported with evidence. Effective Communication will be reflected through the assessed need to display the clear, precise and coherent expression of ideas both verbally and orally. Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible will be addressed through critically debating the processes and techniques that cause insecurity and an awareness and sensitivity to developing ideas and practices for a stable, peaceful and prosperous world.

  1. Assess modern security from a thematic and historical perspective, with a focus on cultivating a multi-disciplinary perspective.
  2. Evaluate alternate approaches to critical discourse on security.
  3. Identify and analyse key contemporary debates in security studies.
  4. Debate the processes and techniques that cause modern insecurity.
  5. Develop a critical assessment of security practices that contribute to a stable, peaceful and prosperous world.
  • Assignment 1 — Essay Plan (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Learning Journal (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

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.

NumberTopic
1What is Security?
2The Post-Cold War Security Dynamic
3Security in the globalised era

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The Globalization of World Politics 6E and Case Studies

    By:Baylis, John

    ISBN: 9780190023799

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Contemporary Security Studies

    By:Collins, Alan

    ISBN: 9780199694778

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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