• 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 Cecilia Archie
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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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:

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:

  • Class participation - 10%
  • 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 - 50%
  • Final exam (two hours): a major examination sat under formal exam conditions - 40%

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Workload

Ten hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight 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

Prescribed Texts

 

 

 

Preliminary Reading

 

 

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3609 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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