Subject details

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

  1. A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  2. a critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces
  3. the ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues
  4. develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues
  5. demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.
  • 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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject focusses on non-traditional security threats and challenges. It introduces students to the concepts of securitization and human security. It then assesses a range of non-traditional security threats, addressing the risks and dangers associated with them, as well as discussing ways to manage them. Students will examine areas such as global terrorism, insurgencies, transnational organized crime, the international arms trade, environmental security, population and refugees, poverty and development, global health, energy security and the challenges for Australia. In combination with PICX110, the subject forms the basis for training in security studies.

  • Assessment 1 (15%)
  • Assessment 2 (15%)
  • Assessment 3 (60%)
  • Assessment 4 (10%)

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.

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