- Code ASIA2047
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
In recent years, 'human security' problems and issues have gained increasing attention on global and regional security agendas as essential priorities alongside more traditional or military (or 'national') security concerns. The traditional definition of security premised on military defence of a territory puts human security and social factors at the periphery. Advocates for a human security approach argue that to insist on a narrower state-centric security paradigm at the expense of human security would leave the concept of security bereft of any practical meaning in many real-world circumstances. What is human security, and what kinds of security issues, problems or conflicts can it be applied to? How do human security perspectives generate different approaches and policies to traditional security thinking? In what ways does a human security approach provide innovative perspectives to address sources of insecurity more holistically? This course will critically examine the human security concept and a range of key human security issues in the Asian region, including intra-state and ethnic conflict, post-conflict peace building, displaced persons and refugees, landmines and small arms, the protection of children in conflict, and poverty and human development.
Assessment is based upon the following activities. This assessment will be confirmed after the introductory tutorial. In order to pass this course each assessment tasks must be completed.
Tutorial Participation 10%
Tutorial Presentation 10%
Research Paper (2,500 words) 60%
Take home exam (1,200 words) 20%
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Three class hours per week
Requisite and Incompatibility
Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Human security: an intractable problem in Asia?, in Muthiah Alagappa (ed), Asian Security Order: Instrumental and Normative Features (Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2003).
Edward Newman and Joanne van Selm (eds), Refugees and Forced Displacement: International Security, Human Vulnerability, and the State (Tokyo, United Nations University Press, 2003).
William T.Tow, Ramesh Thakur, and In-Taek Hyun (eds), Asia's Emerging Regional Order: Reconciling Traditional and Human Security (Tokyo, New York and Paris, United Nations University Press, 2000).
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