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Security, Conflict and Violence (SWM635)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Security is increasingly at the forefront of discourse, deliberations and conflict over the legitimacy of emerging forms of political authority and the distribution and control of resources and power. No longer a sole prerogative of the state, security has become a space of contestation between various social interests. This unit critically examines the politics of security, and in particular the relationship between security, conflict and political violence, with case studies such as the War on Terror and humanitarian interventionism.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1.Have a sound understanding of the main theoretical approaches within security studies, including traditional, non-traditional, human security and critical security.
2. Discuss the complexity of contemporary security politics in relation to various kinds of political violence and conflict.
3. Have a sound knowledge of a range of contemporary security issues, such as the War on Terrorism, environmental security and resource conflict and humanitarian interventionism.
4. Have skills in performing both secondary and primary research and be able to communicate this research in a range of formats (oral and written, academic and practical).
5. Be aware of different approaches to post-conflict resolution and reconciliation
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars are delivered in intensive teaching mode (24 hours contact time), which may include evenings and weekends. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured learning in the form of
lectures, structured group discussions and student presentations, together with semistructured
group workshops on unit themes. Audio-visual material, such as documentary
film, will also be used.
Assessment There are four forms of assessment in this unit.
1. A 10 minute in class presentation using power point slides worth 20%. This is to be done
in an allocated week and based on set questions in relation to topic readings. To be
accompanied by a written outline of the presentation
2. A 1000 word critical review of two set readings worth 20%.
3. General informed participation and in-class argumentation over the course of the
semester, worth 15%.
4. A research essay of 3000 words worth 45% and due at the end of semester.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of International Affairs, Master of International Affairs and Security, Master of Development Studies, or Master of Public Policy and Management.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed POL608 International Security and Strategy or SSH635 International Security and Strategy or SWM635 International Security and Strategy may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: SSH635
2016: 'International Security and Strategy'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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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Dr Ian Wilson
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2500
e: i.wilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.017 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Ian Wilson
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2500
e: i.wilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.017 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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