Insecurity and Development - 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: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to the causal relationships between conflict, insecurity and development. It provides students with an analysis of the conflict dynamics within states that lack the capacity to provide security to those within their borders. It addresses the key theories of civil war and political and economic development, with reference to key global case studies. The unit also addresses the different types of coercive and non-coercive intervention and peacebuilding and the effects that they can be expected to have. It also examines the effects of insecurity for societal cohesion and long term development, economic growth, life expectancy and the provision of health and education services. The unit complements PICX111 that addresses non-traditional security threats in the twenty-first century.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. apply theories about the causes of conflict to case studies
  2. analyse the theories underpinning key approaches to peacebuilding
  3. conduct a conflict analysis using a complex case study
  4. critique key theories about the causes of violence and conflict
  5. identify key state functions which contribute to national and human security
  6. explain the relationship between state fragility and insecurity
  7. define the security-development nexus and explain its utility in analysing peacebuilding and conflict cycles.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 (10%)

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.

12 units including PICX212

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