International Security Studies - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit was previously known as POL291 International Security Studies.

This unit defines international security broadly to incorporate political, societal, military, environmental, economic and technological factors. After examining the competing theories of international politics and different conceptions of security, the focus shifts to the post-Cold War international system and especially the roles of the United Nations and international law in international security. It utilises case studies from various regions to explain the changing dimensions of security.

On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

  1. understand and analyse international politics and security and strategic studies
  2. demonstrate a good grasp of public policy, especially the processes and structures of decision-making in the area of international security
  3. identify the issues and questions most important to you, which will help you to focus your reading.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

  • POL291 — International Security Studies

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit. This unit is also equivalent to PTR291 International Security Studies.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1States & International Relations;
2Theorizing International Relations
3Security & Securitization;
4Military Threats from Inter-State Wars
5Military Threats from Non-State Actors
6Economic & Social Threats to Security
7Environment & Health Threats to Security;
8Environmental and economic security
9Accidents & Natural Disasters;
10Crime & Insecurity
11International Relations in a Globalizing World
12Global Governance & Global Security
13Future of Security Studies.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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