• 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, Strategic Studies, Political Economy, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Fabricio Henricco Chagas Bastos
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course focuses on three different current international security issues to give students depth in global security problems.  The topics will change but will always include at least one traditional and non-traditional security issue, such as terrorism, cybersecurity, weapons of mass destruction, poverty, climate change, or maritime competition.  For each topic, the course addresses key controversies and issues, explores theoretical explanations, and evaluates possible policy solutions.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.  Apply general concepts and theories in international security to specific topics.

2.  Analyse the main controversies and debates within key issues in international security.

3.  Evaluate debates about the use of international institutions to solve serious issues in global security.  

4.  Make informed arguments about the best ways to use policy to reduce insecurity and improve security in the international arena.


Indicative Assessment

Participation: 10% (LO 1, 2, 4)

Analytical Briefing/Policy Report: 1000 words 20% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Research Essay: 2000 words 40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Final Examination: 30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

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3 hours of course workshop (lecture and discussion) per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester to work through reading program and complete assessment tasks (total 130 hours)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POLS1005 or POLS1006; or permission of the convenor

Preliminary Reading

Paul D Williams, ed. (2013). Security Studies: An Introduction, Routledge. Second Edition

Collins, A. (2013). Contemporary Security Studies, Oxford University Press. Third Edition.

Barry Buzan, Lene Hansen. (2009). The Evolution of International Security Studies, Cambridge University Press.

Mary Kaldor, Iavor Rangelove, eds (2014). The Handbook of Global Security Policy, Wiley Blackwell.



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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3895 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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