Transnational Security in Asia - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

Transnational security challenges pose major problems for many Asian states, as well as for the traditional conceptual foundations of international security studies based on the primacy and sovereignty of the state. Human migration, drug trafficking, environmental change, and organised crime, for example, contribute to the internal instability of some regional countries. In some instances, resource scarcity could even lead to more traditional interstate conflict. However, new and innovative analytical concepts are required to have a clear appreciation of the specific nature of individual transnational problems and their responses. This unit will examine the theories and analytical instruments needed to critically analyse different transnational security challenges. It will also explore possible policy responses for sub-state, state and regional actors.

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

  1. demonstrate the ability to critically appraise and judge the current scholarly debate and theoretical approaches (and their limitations) used to analyse transnational security challenges
  2. critically evaluate and apply theoretical approaches to transnational security challenges affecting  Australia and its region
  3. independently investigate the policy responses to transnational security challenges, with a particular emphasis on approaches developed by the Australian foreign and security policy bureaucracy
  4. apply high order research skills to an area of transnational security in Asia, demonstrated through the construction of new research-generated knowledge
  5. showcase an ability to critically judge and appraise current security challenges in an ethical, responsible and professional manner.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (50%)

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

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