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GOVT6119: International Security

2024 unit information

This unit considers several dimensions of international security. In the first part it explores what is meant by ‘International Security’ and discusses several classic texts to begin to understand the causes of war and the conditions of peace. In the second part it focuses on specific security areas, such as Humanitarian Intervention, Environmental Security, Cybersecurity and Interstellar Security. Current International Security events will also be addressed.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Government and International Relations

Code GOVT6119
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. have a broad understanding of international security debates, as well as in-depth case studies
  • LO2. have appropriate knowledge of the main theories and concepts of international security studies
  • LO3. link theoretical notions of international security to real-world security issues
  • LO4. utilise enhanced reading skills, supported by state-of-the-art publications in the field of international security
  • LO5. utilise strengthened writing skills in an academic and professional context
  • LO6. possess a good understanding of war and peace, terrorism and international crime, environmental security and climate change, irregular migration and security, health security and pandemics, cyber security and space security
  • LO7. detect and avoid personal, ideological, and cognitive bias and thus develop logically-sound understandings of international security, supported by a plurality of theoretical and empirical approaches
  • LO8. understand the origins and directions of contemporary security debates, a useful skill for both personal and professional development

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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