Strategic Concepts - 2017

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Unit summary

PICX850

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

This unit was previously known as Foundations of Security Studies.

This unit provides postgraduate students with an understanding of the key concepts defining strategic and security studies. Using empirical case studies, students will explore concepts such as security, war, strategy, coercion, intervention, arms races, stability, strategic culture,  geopolitics and geostrategy, law and the use of force, civil-military relations, and cybern warfare. At its conclusion, students will have acquired the critical skills and necessary foundational knowledge to successfully pursue their postgraduate studies.

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

  1. advanced research skills with enhanced capacity to critically evaluate, integrate and associate academic works into broader debates and discussions in the field of Strategic and Security Studies
  2. produce sophisticated academic research of both a theoretical and empirical nature
  3. master key concepts and theories in the field of Strategic Studies and Security Studies, and align them with sub-field's dominant paradigms and key scholars
  4. apply the acquired concepts and theories to the analysis of past and contemporary problems, issues and events in Strategic and Security Studies
  5. gain insight into the value of deductive thinking, empirical testing and the origins of policy prescriptions.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • 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 assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • 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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