Globalisation and Security - 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 (50%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This unit seeks to highlight the many and complex connections between 'globalisation' and human security. Through the concept of globalisation the unit examines the multi dimensional nature of security – political, economic, military, social and cultural – and the often intimate connection between these apparently separate spheres or entities.

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

  1. analyse the causes, trends and nature of the globalization process, and establish an intimate connection between the social, economic, political and cultural dimensions of human security
  2. assess the theoretical and practical measures being taken in the context of understanding the cultural diversity and different cultural conventions and practices as they relate to the field
  3. evaluate the role of regional security organisations, and transnational challenges including media, terrorism, and environment that impinge on the unfolding globalization process
  4. critically evaluate the debates involving aspects of globalisation and their profound consequences for security. (For example where the economic dimension is concerned the extraordinary impact of the global financial crisis in possibly eroding the Anglo-Saxon brand of market capitalism and the primacy of the United States in global and regional politics)
  5. formulate effective written and oral arguments related to globalization and security issues.
  • Assignment 1 (50%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)

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:

  • PIC980 — Globalisation and Security
  • 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.

1Globalisation and Environmental Security
2Globalisation and Human Security: The Consequences; Globalisation: Crime, Terror and Corruption;
3Globalisation: Health Security Threats
4Globalisation: Weapons Proliferation and Nuclear Threat; Terrorism: Global, Regional or Local?
5Globalisation and the World Financial Crisis
6Organisations of Global Governance and Regional Security
7Globalisation ad Security: The Role of the Media
8Globalisation and Security: Cultural Conflict in International Relations. The West and Islam
9Globalisation and Security: The Quest for Human Rights

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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