Security Policy Analysis: Current and Emerging Issues
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- To be able to place 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
- Demonstrate an ability to identity bias within news reporting on current 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
120cp including (PICT2001 or PICT201) and (PICT2010 or PICT210) and (PICT2012 or PICT212) and PICT2015
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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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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 unit 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.
- Tutorial activities (10%)
- Policy Memo (40%)
- Reserch Essay (50%)
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