• Class Number 4289
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Alana Moore
    • Dr Alana Moore
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
    • Dr Sylvia Laksmi
SELT Survey Results

In recent years, 'human security' problems and issues have gained increasing attention on global and regional security agendas as essential priorities alongside more traditional or military (or 'national') security concerns. The traditional definition of security premised on military defence of a territory puts human security and social factors at the periphery. Advocates for a human security approach argue that to insist on a narrower state-centric security paradigm at the expense of human security would leave the concept of security bereft of any practical meaning in many real-world circumstances. What is human security, and what kinds of security issues, problems or conflicts can it be applied to? How do human security perspectives generate different approaches and policies to traditional security thinking? In what ways does a human security approach provide innovative perspectives to address sources of insecurity more holistically? This course will critically examine the human security concept and a range of key human security issues in the Asian region, including intra-state and ethnic conflict, post-conflict peace building, displaced persons and refugees, landmines and small arms, the protection of children in conflict, and poverty and human development.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and a critical understanding of human security and how it is applied to forced migration literature.
  2. Apply that knowledge to the discourses of peace building and specific case studies.
  3. Communicate their critical understanding of displacement in a clear and concise way through a series of assignments and participation in the class.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introducing Human Security: Course Overview
2 Introducing Human Security: Theory and History
3 Introducing Human Security: Theory and Practice
4 Human Security and Armed Conflict
5 Human Security, Humanitarianism and Displacement
6 Economic Security and Development
7 Food and Health Security
8 Political Security and Human Rights
10 Personal Security, Crime and Terrorism
11 Human Security and the International Community
12 Concluding Reflections on Human Security

Tutorial Registration

Registration required for students; online through the class Wattle site from 7th Feb onwards.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Participation 10 % * * 1,3
Tutorial Presentation 10 % * * 1,3
Policy Brief 10 % 16/03/2022 30/03/2022 1,2,3
Report 40 % 28/04/2022 16/05/2022 1,2,3
Take-home Exam 30 % 06/06/2022 * 1,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Tutorial Participation

Students are expected to participate in the tutorial discussion every week, having completed the required readings as outlined in Wattle, and coming prepared to engage actively in discussion and reflection with their peers and tutor.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Tutorial Presentation

Students will present on a selected reading for the week in their tutorials. Readings will be assigned through Wattle in Week 1. Presentations should not exceed 5 minutes and may include audio and visual materials, handouts, etc, although this is not mandatory. Presentations should provide a summary of the key themes and/or arguments of the reading, and offer an introductory reflection or question to stimulate further thinking and discussion in the tutorial. The objective of this exercise is to allow students to engage thoroughly and critically with course materials. It will assist in developing student skills in analysing and synthesizing materials, while enhancing their capacity to communicate complex ideas concisely and clearly.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 16/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 30/03/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Policy Brief

Policy brief (500 - 600 words, 1 page max not including reference list) Due 16 March, 2022 11:55 pm.

All assessment details including brief prompts will be available on the Wattle site.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 28/04/2022
Return of Assessment: 16/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Report (2500 words) Due 28 April, 2022, 11:55 pm.

All assessment details including report topics will be available on the Wattle site.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Take-home Exam

The take-home exam will assess students' knowledge and understanding across the full twelve weeks of course content. Students should demonstrate the ability to provide analytical and reasoned arguments in response to the questions, and should reference course material, lectures, and further research as evidence.

All assessment details including questions will be posted on Wattle site.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Alana Moore

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Dr Alana Moore

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Dr Alana Moore

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Dr Alana Moore

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Dr Sylvia Laksmi

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Dr Sylvia Laksmi

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