• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code SECU-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Asia-Pacific Security Studies Major


The Asia-Pacific Security Major provides students with an in-depth education on the diverse security challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region, and the implications for Australia's foreign and defence policies. The courses are intended for students wishing to pursue careers related to security affairs, international relations, or wishing to undertake graduate work in the fields of strategic and/ or security studies.

Students are able to enhance their knowledge through courses about the security of specific states in the Asia-Pacific region, or on topics such as intelligence and nuclear security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, studentswill have the knowledge and skills to:

1.     Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped dimensions of security in the Asia-Pacific region,

2.     Identify and critique the key concepts, ideas and principal actors in Asia-Pacific security,

3.     Analyse developments in security in the Asia-Pacific in their regional and global context,

4.     Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches of the security challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6
STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific 6
STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands 6
STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security 6
ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific 6
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia 6
INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula 6
INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities 6
ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy 6
MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security 6
STST2004 Special Topic in International Security 6
STST3003 Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World 6
  STST 3004: Asia-Pacific Security

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2017 History of International Relations in Northeast Asia 6
ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia 6
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