• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Bina D'Costa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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The United Nations Development Programme introduced the concept of "human security" into the global lexicon in its 1994 Human Development Report. Often referred to as "people-centred security" or "security with a human face", human security places human beings—rather than states—at the centre of security considerations. The UNDP perceived human security as a focus on human life and dignity and an antidote to conventional views of security shaped by threats to and the potential for conflict between states. This unit examines human security as a concept, as an alternative security agenda, and as a guideline for policy and institutional initiatives. It does so through a focus on the three pillars of human security: freedom from want; freedom from fear, and freedom to live in dignity.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept of human security and its relationship to the field of international relations and security studies
  2. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the contemporary agenda of human security issues
  3. Apply concepts of human security to relevant case studies
  4. Communicate their critical understanding of human security in a clear and concise way through assignments and participation in class discussions

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. Reading Review (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Oral Presentation (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Long Essay (50) [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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3985 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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