- Code POLS2131
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Security Studies, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
Why do some regions of the world enjoy lasting peace and security, while others are plagued by conflict? This course will explore a potential answer to that question: security communities, or groupings of states in which a large-scale use of violence (such as war) has become very unlikely or even unthinkable. The course will investigate the theoretical basis for security communities, examine current security communities such as Europe and North America, and debate the possibilities for security communities in regions such as Africa and South America. Finally, the course will examine the policy possibilities that spring from the concept of security communities: are there actionable policies that we can use to promote the assurance of peaceful dispute resolution between states?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyse initial and contemporary theorizing about the concept of security communities
2. Evaluate evidence for the existence of Western security communities
3. Dissect debates about the possibilities for security communities in non-Western societies
4. Make informed arguments about the best ways to use policy to promote security communities around the world
Theoretical Discussion Paper (10%) (500 words) (LO 1)
Major Essay (40%) (2000 words) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Reading Analysis (10%) (500 words) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Final Exam (40%) (multiple choice) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
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WorkloadStudents are expected to spend approximately 10 hours a week on this course, participating in a weekly 3-hour course workshop (lecture and discussion), working through the reading program, and completing the assessment tasks. The total workload over the semester is 130 hours.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsEmanuel Adler and Michael Barnett, Security Communities (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).
Assumed KnowledgeUnderstanding of international relations theory.
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