• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines the breadth of non-traditional approaches to security and security studies within the discipline of IR and applies them to key contemporary issues in global security. 

This course offers students:

1.  An understanding of the non-traditional approaches to security and security studies.  This involves an understanding not only of how these approaches are distinct from one another, but how they are also different from traditional approaches. 

2. The skills to apply these approaches to contemporary issues in global security (from climate change, to international terrorism, to gender politics) in ways that produce both analysis and policy options.

3.  The capacity to debate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. 

This course has three distinction sections.  First, it provides a brief overview and appreciation of the long tradition of security studies.  Second, the course will examine non-traditional theories of security.  These include: constructivist approaches to security; critical approaches; feminist approaches and post-structural approaches.  Third, the course will apply these approaches to contemporary issues in global security through an analysis of key themes of security.  This will enable students to analyse, debate, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of non-traditional approaches as they may apply to major issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a strong understanding of the different non-traditional approaches to security

2.  Be capable of identifying and debating the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches

3.  Demonstrate a capacity to apply these theories to different concerns in global security

4.  Develop strong research, analysis, and critical thinking skills

5.  Develop strong written and oral communication skills

Indicative Assessment

- One research papers at 5,000 words (60%) [Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

- One article/book analysis at  1,000 words (15%)  [Learning Outcomes:  2, 4, 5]

- One final essay at 1,000 words (15%)  [Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 5]

- Seminar Participation (10%)  [Learning Outcomes:   2, 3, 4, 5]

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Students will be expected to attend weekly two hour seminars, undertake approximately 4-5 hours of independent assigned reading, prepare for seminars and complete assessment tasks, approximately 10 hours per week.

Prescribed Texts

Weekly readings will be available to students electronically via the online course site.


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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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