• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Security Studies
  • Major code SECU-MAJ
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

  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 the completion of the following compulsory courses:

STST1001 - Introduction to International Security Studies (6 units)

STST2001 - International Security issues in the Asia Pacific (6 units)

STST2003 - Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands (6 units)

STST3002 - Australia's Security in the Asian Century (6 units)

A minimum of 18 units from the completion of the following security studies courses:

ASIA2060 - Southeast Asian Security (6 units)

ASIA2093 - Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2111 - Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2012 - Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2014 - Indian Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2016 - US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia (6 units)

INTR2018 - Japanese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2020 - (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula (6 units)

INTR2024 - Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities (6 units)

MEAS2001 - New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security (6 units)

STST2004 - Special Topic in International Security (6 units)

STST2020 - Study tour: Southeast Asia's Security Choices (6 units)

STST3003 - Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World (6 units)

STST3004 - Advanced Study in Asia-Pacific Security (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following contextual courses:

ASIA2017 - History of International Relations in Northeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA2070 - Democracy in Southeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA3029 - Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia (6 units)

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