Introduction to Security Studies
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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.
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-Introduction to Security Studies (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT110, PICX110
- 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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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%)
- Major essay (45%)
- Weekly participation (10%)
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