Subject details

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the often intimate and complex relationship between the political, economic, military, social and cultural spheres of human security in the context of transnational security.
2. Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise and judge the current scholarly debate and theoretical approaches (and their limitations) used to analyse transnational security challenges.
3. Independently investigate the policy responses to transnational security challenges, with a particular emphasis on approaches developed by the Australian foreign and security policy bureaucracy.
4. Apply high order research skills to transnational security in Asia, demonstrated through the construction of new research-generated knowledge.
5. Showcase an ability to critically judge and appraise current security challenges in an ethical, responsible and professional manner.

  • Topics

    • A week-by-week guide to the topics in this subject will be provided in the study materials.

Entry Requirements

  • MAQ-PICX913
  • MAQ-PICX922
  • MAQ-PIC931


Admission to MSSS, M.Int., M.Crim., M.Cyb.Sec., M.C.T., GCSSC, GDSSC, MPICT, PGDipPICT, GradDipPICT, MPICT with MISS or MISSS or PGDipISS or GDISS or PGCISS,

Special requirements

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Transnational security challenges pose major problems for many states, including Australia. They also challenge the traditional conceptual foundations of international security studies based on the primacy and sovereignty of the state. For example, human migration, drug trafficking, environmental change, and organised crime contribute to the internal instability of developed as well as the developing states. In some instances, resource scarcity can even lead to interstate conflict. However, new and innovative analytical concepts are required to develop a clear appreciation of the specific nature of individual transnational problems and adequate responses. This subject will examine the theories and analytical instruments needed to critically analyse different transnational security challenges. It also examines the multi-dimensional nature of security – political, economic, military, social and cultural – and the often-intimate connection between these seemingly separate spheres or entities.

  • Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assessment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment 1 (20%)

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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