• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Cartographies of Security: Critical Security Studies and International Politics (POLS2099)

What does ‘global security’ actually mean?  POLS2099 explores this questions by looking at the changing nature and character of both international politics and international relations theory with regard to the question of security. It examines both mainstream conceptualisations of security, as well as the critiques of this approach. The course then examines how these debates challenge how we think about and act on a range of contemporary global threats to security.

Learning Outcomes

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

After the successful completion of this course, student should;

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a range of contemporary security issues.
  • Have an appreciation and understanding of traditional security theories, human security, critical and postmodern security theories, and their critiques.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to offer theoretical insights into the politics of contemporary security issues.
  • Be able to critically reflect upon the literature and materials presented in this course.
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply relevant research methodologies to this subject area.

Indicative Assessment

2,500 word research essay (60%), tutorial engagement (10%) and final assessment (30%).

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2 hours of lectures per week; 1 x one hour tutorial per week.

5 hours in class and assessment preparation per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor



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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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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