International Security - 2017

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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 1 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (50%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

This graduate seminar introduces students to the foundational concepts, methods and theories that underlie contemporary research and debate in international security studies. For the first half of session, we will examine the different theoretical approaches to International Security from rational choice to cognitive and biological approaches. In the second half of session, we will examine the major debates in International Security, from the causes of war and conditions of peace to the question of internally directed political violence.

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

  1. evaluate the theoretical approaches that frame the subfield of International Security, including the relationship to their historical context
  2. explain key concepts and debates that are an integral part of the International Security lexicon
  3. understand both the assumptions that underpin key theories, and the methods used for research and investigation
  4. model academic research skills, particularly the ability to select sources appropriately, to integrate knowledge from diverse sources, to critically evaluate significance and relevance, synthesise materials, and present findings logically, rationally and lucidly
  5. demonstrate critical communication skills, including the ability to present sustained, persuasive and original verbal and written arguments cogently and coherently, and mediate in-class debate and discussion
  6. engage consistently with the unit through proactive communication with peers and the convener, and demonstrate professional conduct in all class activities and in the submission of assessments.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PIC910 — International Security

admitted to the above programs

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

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.

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