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POLIS 3002 - International Security

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: POLIS 3101
Assessment: Research essay 40%, Mid-term online test 10%, Critical review 20%, Group project 20%, Participation 10%
Syllabus:

This course explores how the paradigm of security is undergoing rapid and radical transformation. Informed by the prevailing debates, theories and essential concepts in the field of security studies, the course assesses some of the central axioms of international and national security in the context of an emergent class of transnational security dilemmas. The course begins by exploring the paradigm of 'security' as it relates to sovereignty, the state (where one exists) and the safety of a people. The evolution of this concept is traced historically variously through wars, conflicts, emancipatory struggles, colonialism, the Cold War and the establishment of international system. Discussion of these issues is framed by prevailing debates - of (neo)realism, liberalism and constructivism - over the status (and value) of international institutions and norms, particularly those relating to conflict resolution, humanitarian intervention, human rights and displaced peoples. We then consider how the concepts of 'national' or 'international' security are fundamentally transformed by (i) transnational dilemmas that undermine long-standing principles of sovereignty, independence and border integrity, and (ii) states’ weakening capacity to deliver security outcomes. Thus we consider how traditional state-based threats interact with the incipient rise of non-traditional security challenges, from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and fragile/fragmenting states, to new technologies of violence, maritime security in the Indo-Pacific, and proliferating cyber assaults on infrastructure and democratic processes. Theoretically and conceptually, throughout the course we reflect critically on the mobilisation of new security policies and transnational security initiatives to ask how the ‘referents’ of security are being changed, by whom and to what end. This element of the course reflects on the debates between mainstream and critical security perspectives on the state: querying how security is constituted; why and how policy issues come to be framed as security issues; and the ethical repercussions and ramifications for democracy.

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  Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution
Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program


Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21440 LE01 120 32 29 Jul - 16 Sep Monday 12pm - 1pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
7 Oct - 4 Nov Monday 12pm - 1pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Small Group Discovery
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21441 SG04 30 26 2 Aug - 20 Sep Friday 3pm - 5pm Napier, 108, Teaching Room
11 Oct - 8 Nov Friday 3pm - 5pm Napier, 108, Teaching Room
21442 SG03 30 6 31 Jul - 18 Sep Wednesday 9am - 11am Napier, 108, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 6 Nov Wednesday 9am - 11am Napier, 108, Teaching Room
21443 SG02 30 FULL 31 Jul - 18 Sep Wednesday 2pm - 4pm Napier, 205, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 6 Nov Wednesday 2pm - 4pm Napier, 205, Teaching Room
21444 SG01 30 FULL 29 Jul - 16 Sep Monday 9am - 11am Napier, 108, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 4 Nov Monday 9am - 11am Napier, 108, Teaching Room