Security in an Age of Risk - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (15%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit focusses on non-traditional security threats and challenges. It introduces students to the concepts of securitization and human security. It then assesses a range of non-traditional security threats, addressing the risks and dangers associated with them, as well as discussing ways to manage them. Students will examine areas such as global terrorism, insurgencies, transnational organized crime, the international arms trade, environmental security, population and refugees, poverty and development, global health, energy security and the challenges for Australia. In combination with PICX110, the unit forms the basis for training in security studies.

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

  1. a clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today
  2. a critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces
  3. the ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues
  4. develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues
  5. demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (60%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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 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.

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

  • Contemporary Security Studies


    ISBN: 9780198708315


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