Subject details

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

1. Understand key concepts, issues and debates in the security studies discipline.

2. Understand key theories, approaches and methods used to analyse security studies issues.

3. Identify traditional and non-traditional security studies issues, and evaluate contemporary debate regarding these issues.

4. Identify key stakeholders, actors and structures in the field of security studies.

5. Model basic academic skills, in particular, constructing a clear, original and analytic argument, and independent research, reading and writing skills.

6. Engage consistently with the unit through proactive communication with peers and the convener, and demonstrate professional conduct in all class activities and in the submission of assessments.

    • 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

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

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.

  • Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assessment 2 (10%)
  • Assessment 3 (40%)
  • Assessment 4 (30%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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