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
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit supplement’s PICX110 in further introducing students to the field of security studies. It specifically focusses on non-traditional security threats. It introduces students to the concept of risk and how it can be conceptualised, measured and assessed. It then applies this framework to a range of non-traditional security threats, addressing how they came to be perceived as threats, their origins, dangers and options for resolution. Students will examine intelligence, cyber, energy, arms control, disarmament and nuclear proliferation, human security, environmental conflict, poverty and health, population movement and refugees, transnational organised crime, regional security institutions and peace operations. Reference will be made throughout to appropriate examples and where appropriate to challenges facing Australia. The unit is a wide and appropriately deep introduction to non-traditional security issues that, with PICX110, forms the basis for training in security studies.

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

  1. define the concept of security as it relates to the various levels of analysis used in security studies, including individual, group, national, regional, international and human security
  2. explain the key theories of Security Studies applicable to the contemporary security environment
  3. describe risk-based analysis of security issues, including system effects and security trade-offs in managing risk
  4. explain the process of securitisation in relation to political and security issues on the current international agenda
  5. describe the legal and political contexts in which security studies is situated
  6. appraise the utility of key risk analysis tools in responding to threats and managing vulnerabilities.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (30%)
  • 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 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.

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

  • Security Studies

    By:Williams, Paul D.

    ISBN: 9780415782814


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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