• 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 Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Richard Frank
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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 of this course, 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;
  4. Identify the impact on human security of different alternatives for conflict resolution.

Indicative Assessment

Workshop participation (10%) - LO 2
Mid-term literature review, 1500 words (30%) - LO 1
Essay proposal, 500 words (10%) - LO 3, 4
Final essay 2,500 words (50%) - LO 1, 2, 3, 4

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of workshops over 12 weeks; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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.

Indicative Reading List

Matthew, R., Barnett, J., McDonald, B., O'Brien, K. and Dabelko, G. (eds) (2009). Global Environmental Change and Human Security. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  

Dalby, Simon. (2009). Security and Environmental Change. London: Polity Press.

Scheffran, J., Brzoska, M., Brauch, H.G., Link, P.M., and Schilling, J. (eds) (2012). Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Majors

Minors

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:
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8538 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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