Insecurity, Development and Conflict Analysis - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

The nexus between conflict, insecurity and development is an enduring challenge in the Security Studies field. This unit examines the enduring nature of human conflict in the contemporary international system. It uses Conflict Analysis as a lens to examine the key theories and debates about the fundamental origins of violent conflict, the impact of conflict on societies and the main approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

This unit builds on other Security Studies units by exploring the range of insecurity that exists in many of the least developed countries. It presents an alternate, complementary view to other units by focusing on conflict within state which lack the capacity to provide security to individuals. It also examines the implications of insecurity for societal cohesion and long-term development indicators, such as economic growth, employment opportunities, life expectancy and the provision of health and education services.

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 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)
  • 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.

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

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The nature of human conflict
2Conflict analysis
3The impact of conflict on societies
4Approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding

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 is an approved elective 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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