• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Benjamin Zala
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course analyses key approaches, institutions, and contemporary issues in global security. The course outlines different theoretical approaches to the study of global security and introduces students to core concepts in security studies. A central focus is 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 course also looks at the architecture of global security governance, including alliances, international organisations, international regimes and international law. In particular, students will examine how actors seek to regulate global security issues, such as WMDs and international conflict. The course also looks into 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the key theoretical and conceptual tools used to explain contemporary global security issues
  2. Understand the major empirical developments that shape the contemporary global security environment
  3. Analyse and critically examine these conceptual and empirical developments and advance their own views on these issues
  4. Employ effective writing and communication skills in the assessment of the theories and practices of global security

Other Information


The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Please note that this assessment is indicative only. The actual assessment for the course is provided in the Class Summary prior to the commencement of the semester in which the course is being conducted and may differ from this assessment. (null) [LO null]
  2. Weekly Critical Reading Reviews (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

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.


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9000 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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