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 assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this subject, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify key security challenges in the contemporary national and international security field utilising a systematic theoretical and conceptual apparatus
  2. classify security issues as risks, threats or vulnerabilities using key national security concepts
  3. identify key stakeholders and actors in the field of security studies, such as states, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, non-state actors, commercial entities, media outlets and individuals
  4. evaluate contemporary debates about main national and international security issues
  5. differentiate between traditional and emergent threats.
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment 3 (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Assessment 4 (30%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PICX110 Contemporary Security Challenges.

This subject introduces students to security studies and contemporary security challenges. Using real-world examples, it provides students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge to analyse security, instability and armed conflict in the modern international system. It addresses the role of the international system, states and leaders in complex conflict scenarios and teaches students to critically assess the relative importance of each. The subject covers a variety of pressing security issues, including interstate and intrastate war, coercive use of military power, alliances, nuclear weapons, humanitarian intervention, terrorism and counterinsurgency. It also examines how these threats and challenges can be managed. The subject provides an introduction to the field of security studies.

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