• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christopher Hall
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course analyses key concepts and developments in contemporary global security. It begins with an investigation of different theoretical approaches to the study of global security and moves on to three substantial sections. The first section examines the nature of US primacy and its prospects, the rise of new great powers and the possible consequences of these power transitions, and the relationships between democracy, democratization and global security. The second section looks at four security challenges: the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems, the rise of jihadi terrorism, the problems posed by cybersecurity and cyberwar, and the challenges of environmental security. The final section explores three responses to contemporary global security problems: the revolution in military affairs and the transformation of war, humanitarian intervention and the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and the privatization of security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:



On completion of this course, students should have:

  • A knowledge of the key conceptual tools used to analyse contemporary global security issues
  • An understanding of the major empirical developments that shape the contemporary global security environment
  • A developed capacity to employ effective writing, communication, and analytical skills in the assessment of the theories and practices of global security

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Semester 2 2013. The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.


Indicative Assessment

The course has three pieces of assessment:

  • Mid-semester test.
  • Major essay (3000 words): a long research paper that gives students the opportunity to explore in detail a theory or theoretical issue that particularly interests them.
  • Final exam (two hours): a major examination sat under formal exam conditions.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.




Prescribed Texts



There is no prescribed textbook for the course.

Preliminary Reading



Assumed Knowledge

12 hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and ten for reading and writing. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1926
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2592
2007 $2520
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3708
2014 $3942
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3816
2008 $3816
2007 $3816
2006 $3816
2005 $3708
2004 $3708
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8769 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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