This course provides an introduction to national security, which by its nature sits at the intersection of domestic and international security challenges. The first part focuses on how various key concepts, represented by different and sometime competing worldviews, define and problematise security. This part also provides an overview of more recent critical approaches to these issues. The second part shifts attention to the exploration of major debates in the study of national security. Finally, the course concludes by exploring contemporary security challenges such as: rising powers, counter-terrorism, the ‘new agenda’ in security studies, and implications for the Australian national security community. The objective of this course is to assist each student to arrive at an independent and intellectually rigorous definition of security, and its attendant threats, vulnerabilities and policy responses.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to security studies, and the ability to critically analyse them
2. Critically evaluate contemporary local, regional, and global security challenges
3. Critically analyse the responsiveness of security agencies to evolving security challenges
4. Conduct independent research
5. Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills in relation to national security concepts and challenges
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