• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code INSE-SPEC
  • Academic career Undergraduate
International Security Specialisation

This specialisation is available only to students undertaking the Bachelor of International Relations degree program.

The search for security drives many of the actors in the international system.  This minor examines the breadth of the international politics of security by looking at how we determine and respond to threats, and how we pursue security in international relations today.  It will engage with the traditional security agendas of the nation-state, and also examine how climate change, human development, transnational terrorism, the global economy, energy resources and other issues affect our capacity to be secure.


Learning outcomes

Students who complete this minor will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify and understand the different theories of international security
  • Understand the historical development of dominant ideas of security and the challenges to them
  • Have a thorough understanding of the major threats facing the international system and the different approaches to addressing them
  • Demonstrate a capacity to identify, and critically reflect upon, contemporary policies of security
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This specialisation may only be undertaken in conjunction with the International Relations major.

This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
INTR2012 China's New Approaches to Asia Pacific Security 6
INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2016 US Security Policy in Asia 6
POLS2085 Gendered Politics of War 6
  POLS 2097: Strategy I: Grand Strategy
  POLS 2098: Strategy II
POLS2099 Cartographies of Security: Critical Security Studies and International Politics 6
POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 6
POLS2113 Human Rights in International Relations 6
POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies 6
POLS2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons 6
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific 6
STST3001 Transnational security issues in the Asia-Pacific 6
POLS2131 Security Communities: From War to Peace 6
POLS2132 Current Issues in International Security 6
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