Insurgency and Non-State Security Challenges - 2016

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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
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Key Issues Briefs (10%) , Assignment 2 - Country Brief (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This unit examines why insurgencies happen, their characteristics, and how they can develop into - or be associated with - non-state security challenges. These challenges can include criminal activities, such as trafficking in arms, people and narcotics, and the modern version of maritime piracy. As well as examining the history of insurgencies, this unit will compare and contrast the different types of responses adopted by states, and the effects of influence-drivers - such as globalisation and technology. 

This unit is accepted in both 800 Series and 900 Series unit categories.

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

  1. critically analyse selected insurgencies and evaluate their causes and characteristics
  2. evaluate selected counter insurgency campaigns in order to review their nature and the outcomes they achieve
  3. analyse the impact of non-state actors and influence drivers on modern insurgencies
  4. critique contemporary literature relating to the concepts of insurgency and counter insurgency
  5. formulate sustained and persuasive written arguments through research and analysis of critical texts, concepts and theories related to insurgencies, non-state security challenges, influence drivers and counter insurgency.
  • Assignment 1 — Key Issues Briefs (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Country Brief (20%)
  • Essay (20%)
  • Research Paper (50%)

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:

  • PIC883 — Insurgency and Non-State Security Challenges
  • 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.

1Introduction to Insurgency
2COIN (Counter Insurgency) Principals
3Intelligence and COIN
4Policing and COIN
5Military/Private Military Contractors/Media in COIN
8West Africa (Mali/Nigeria)
10Southern Philippines/Thailand
13Future - Syria/global/Bougainville/Libya/Mexico/Arab Spring/Central African Republic.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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