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Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX1010 | 2024

Introduction to Security Studies

Previously MAQ-PICX110

Course information for 2024 intake

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Analyse security, instability and armed conflict in the modern system. Gain an overview of interstate/intrastate war, military power, alliances, nuclear weapons, humanitarian intervention, terrorism and counterinsurgency.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Start dates
19 Feb 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Introduction to Security Studies

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to: 

    1. Demonstrate understanding of key approaches, theories, concepts, issues and debates in Security Studies.
    2. Apply Security Studies’ key approaches, theories, concepts to both historical and current events in order to gain insight and understanding.
    3. Identify key stakeholders, actors and structures in the field of Security Studies
    4. Model basic academic skills, in particular, being able to demonstrate analytical reading and annotation skills.
    5. Develop oral and written communication skills

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PICX110 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units)
PICT110, PICX110

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Security Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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