POLS5641 International Security

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This core unit situates the concept and practice of security within International Relations. The unit explores and distinguishes contending approaches to the study and practice of security, including traditional, national, critical and human security approaches, and examines how different approaches conceive of security referents, threats and challenges and prescribe security providers, responses, methods and policies. It also examines other key relationships between security and globalisation, transnationalism and regionalism, as well as core concepts such as the security dilemma, securitisation and security communities. Contemporary examples and cases are used to interrogate relationships between security theories, policies and practices.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge of core theories, concepts and practices in International Relations; (2) develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of core methods of inquiry and research in International Relations; (3) develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of important cross-cutting themes in International Relations; (4) develop and demonstrate advanced professional writing skills for careers in International Relations; (5) develop and demonstrate research competency and advanced analytical skills for careers in International Relations; and (6) develop and demonstrate professional communication and/or cross-cultural and/or behavioural and/or networking skills for careers in International Relations.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) policy briefing paper; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Mickler
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
POLS8604 Problems of International Security; POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-U-1A_2019]
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