- Code INTR8032
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Sarah Logan
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This course analyses key approaches, institutions, and contemporary issues in global security. The first section begins with an investigation of different theoretical approaches to the study of global security, and introduces students to core concepts in security studies. In this part of the course, we examine how these approaches are applied to issues such as the rise of great powers and the possible consequences of these power transitions, and the relationships between democracy, democratisation and global security. The second section looks at the architecture of global security governance, including alliances, international organisations, international regimes and international law. We examine how actors seek to regulate global security issues, such as WMDs and international conflict. The final section examines new global security challenges such as the revolution in military affairs and the transformation of war, the privatisation of security, the rise of jihadi terrorism, and non-traditional security challenges such as environmental security.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of this course, students should have:
- A knowledge of the key conceptual tools used to analyse contemporary global security issues
- An understanding of the major empirical developments that shape the contemporary global security environment
- A developed capacity to employ effective writing, communication, and analytical skills in the assessment of the theories and practices of global security
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
The course has three pieces of assessment:
- Class participation - 10%
- Major essay (3000 words): a long research paper that gives students the opportunity to explore in detail a theory or theoretical issue that particularly interests them - 50%
- Final exam (two hours): a major examination sat under formal exam conditions - 40%
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Ten hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight for reading and writing. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing
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