Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX3015 | 2024
Security Policy Analysis: Current and Emerging Issues
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Security Policy Analysis: Current and Emerging Issues
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Understand current security challenges within their broader historical, cultural, political and geographic contexts.
- Explain the motivations and objectives of both sides within a conflict and be able to identify their strategic options
- Critically evaluate the quality of news reporting on current security-related issues.
- Critically analyse the strategic and policy options current available to the Australian government and the international community towards current security issues and challenges
- Demonstrate the ability to weigh and evaluate policy options
- Strategic concepts
- Terrorism issues
- Civil and ethnic conflict
- Climate security
- Nuclear proliferation
- Cyber and Space Policy
- Emerging and disruptive technologies
- Women Peace and Security
This subject examines current issues in national and international security. It allows students to investigate the most prominent challenges, dynamics and events that are occurring (sometimes in real time) as the unit is being delivered. This unit is dynamic and fluid with the specific topics varying from year-to-year to reflect the contemporary world; however topics may range from great power strategic competition through to terrorist attacks, civil wars, infectious disease outbreaks and nuclear proliferation. Leading authorities from the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, state and federal government, the think-tank community, the media or other research institutions may be enlisted to deliver expert analysis on these current events. Each week, students will receive an expert brief on different contemporary topics before being asked to critically analyse the issues involved.
- Participatory activities (10%)
- Policy Memo (40%)
- Reserch Essay (50%)
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Pre-requisite 50cp at 2000 level or above
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