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Subject details

  • Topics
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

By the end of this subject, students should be able to:

  1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the major ethical, moral, and legal paradigms of thought within the field of Security Studies, and apply that knowledge in a considered and appropriate manner to challenging questions of security policy and practice.
  2.  Demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate ethical and professional standards expected of those working in the security sector, and apply that knowledge in a considered and appropriate manner.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of teamwork and project management, and apply that knowledge in a considered and appropriate manner.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of career development and job application strategies, and apply that knowledge in a considered and appropriate manner during the degree of their reflective exercises.
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment 3 (60%)
  • Assignment 4 - Assessment 4 (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject was previously known as PICX320 Ethics and Security.

This subject canvasses some of the major ethical, moral, and legal paradigms of thought within the field of Security Studies, and it considers how those paradigms might inform our approach to a number of controversial and consequential questions of security policy and practice. Through both historical and contemporary case studies, students will examine and evaluate the ethical dimensions of various security-related issues such as the recourse to war, humanitarian intervention, wartime conduct, interrogation and torture, intelligence and surveillance, and human rights. Students will also consider cases of professional and work-place ethics in order to gain a greater appreciation of expected standards of conduct within the security sector.

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