Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX1010 | 2024
Introduction to Security Studies
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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:
- Demonstrate understanding of key approaches, theories, concepts, issues and debates in Security Studies.
- Apply Security Studies’ key approaches, theories, concepts to both historical and current events in order to gain insight and understanding.
- Identify key stakeholders, actors and structures in the field of Security Studies
- Model basic academic skills, in particular, being able to demonstrate analytical reading and annotation skills.
- Develop oral and written communication skills
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This subject was previously known as PICX110 Introduction to Security Studies.
This subject is a gateway unit into further study in Security Studies. It will introduce students to the theoretical foundations, essential concepts and central issues in the field of Security Studies. It will also further develop and refine students’ academic skills and literacy. Students will learn how to use Security Studies' central theories and concepts to gain a deeper understanding of the leading security challenges currently confronting Australia and the wider world. At its conclusion, students will have acquired the academic skills and conceptual knowledge necessary to successfully pursue their undergraduate studies in Security Studies.
- Analytical reading assignment (45%)
- student will submit a policy brief and complete a viva voce. (55%)
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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)
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