• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Environmental Studies, International Relations, Security Studies, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Richard Frank
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course examines the linkages between environmental conflicts and human security. The global rise in conflicts associated with control of natural resources (water, food, energy resources), has exposed the tensions between traditional notions of security and human-centred security concerns. Students will conduct in-depth analyses of cases of environmental conflicts around the world in order to identify the key actors, their projected values and interests, as well as the implications of different alternatives from a human security perspective. While the course highlights the politics behind conflicts, it includes contributions from other disciplines and fields. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and explain how environmental conflicts and human security are inter-related;
  2. analyse the tensions between interests and values of a diversity of actors involved in contemporary conflicts over resource access;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of a specific case of conflict, through the application of the concepts and analytical frameworks introduced in the course; and
  4. identify the impact on human security of different alternatives for conflict resolution.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 2]
  2. Mid-term literature review, 1,500 words (30) [LO 1]
  3. Essay proposal, 500 words (10) [LO 3,4]
  4. Final essay 2,500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of lectures over 12 weeks,

b) 11 hours of tutorials over 11 weeks; and,

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 2000 or 3000 level courses, in either Politics (POLS), Environment and Society (ENVS), Anthropology (ANTH), or Sociology (SOCY), or with the permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this class.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge of key contemporary issues in international security and development.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7455 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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