International Security Studies - 2016

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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 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as POL291 International Security Studies.

This unit focuses on issues and problems that have an impact upon global, regional and national security structures as well as upon the survival of humankind. It is anchored on the assumption that security is primarily concerned with state and human survival. The unit seeks to explain threats to the welfare, stability and general well being of people and their society at the local, national and global levels. It defines threats to security to broadly encompass political, economic, social, cultural and environmental issues. The first part of the unit (lectures 1-3) looks at the evolution of the international system, diplomatic history of the twentieth century and theories and approaches to international relations and security studies. The second part (lectures 4-9) examines contemporary threats to national, international and human security from inter-state wars, non-state actors such as terrorists and insurgents, economic and social turmoil, spread of pandemic disease and criminal networks, state failure and civil conflicts, environmental degradation and natural disasters. The final part (lectures 10-12) discusses the effects of globalization on international relations and whether the time has come to promote the concept of global 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.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

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

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