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International Security Studies (POL345)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit defines international security broadly to incorporate political, societal, military, environmental, economic and technological factors. After examining the competing theories of international politics and different conceptions of security, the focus shifts to the post-Cold War international system and especially the roles of the United Nations and international law in international security. It utilises case studies from various regions to explain the changing dimensions of security.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. understand and analyse international politics and security and strategic studies
2. demonstrate a good grasp of public policy, especially the processes and structures of decision-making in the area of international security
3. identify the issues and questions most important to you, which will help you to focus your reading.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit utilises a combination of structured learning experiences, primarily in the form of lectures and tutorials. Essential unit materials are provided via Moodle, as is interaction with other students and the unit teaching staff.
Assessment Note; as this is a Capstone Unit no supplementary assessment is available.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism major and completion of a minimum of 48 points. Students enrolled in other majors must have completed at least 6 points of POL units and a minimum of 48 points.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL291 International Security Studies may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Global Security (BGS) [New in 2019]
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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