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GOVT3665: Collateral Damage and The Cost of Conflict

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The unit will discusses all aspects of the cost of international security conflict, including collateral damage. By cost of war, the unit refers to the material, human, cultural, social, institutional, and development impact of war and security conflict. Each student will chose one angle of the cost of conflict, and develop her/his own research agenda, as she/he applies the theoretical knowledge gained from the literature to empirical world.

Unit details and rules

Unit code GOVT3665
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in International Relations or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Politics or 12 senior credit points from Government and International Relations
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Gil Merom,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Research proposal
Monday written submision and brief oral class presentation
10% Ongoing 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO4
Online task Research proposal review
Brief oral class presentation
5% Ongoing 250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO2
Presentation Progress report
Monday written submision and oral class presentation
20% Ongoing 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Progress report review
Oral class presentation
10% Ongoing 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Participation
15% Ongoing 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO2
Assignment Research paper
40% Week 14 (STUVAC)
Due date: 05 Jun 2020 at 23:00
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction: A research focused unit - purpose, assessment, assignments, initial presentation schedule Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 02 Students' topic presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 03 Students' topic presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 04 Students' topic presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 05 Students' topic presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 06 Students' topic presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 07 Students' progress report presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 08 Students' progress report presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 09 Students' progress report presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 10 Students' progress report presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 11 Students' progress report presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 12 Students' progress report presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 13 Students' progress report presentations and critique Seminar (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop and practice critical thinking
  • LO2. apply research design skills, including identifying topic, generating lead research question, and defining data needs and sources
  • LO3. demonstrate improved presentation and marketing skills, in writing and orally
  • LO4. respond to and generate feedback, and integrate revisions
  • LO5. develop and improve the presentation of ideas and findings to an audience
  • LO6. participate effectively in discussions
  • LO7. build and polish research output.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Unit program includes minor revisions from 2018 and 2019 feedback


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