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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

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.


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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ari Jerrems
Unit rules
POLS8604 Problems of International Security.
POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
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