• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Short Essay (1,000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Long Essay/report (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Take home exam (30) [LO 1,2,3]

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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent. 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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 24 units of university courses. You are not able enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ASIA2047 or ASIA6047.

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6.00 0.12500
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2024 $4440
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2024 $6000
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