International Security

    Unit code: ASP3002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    ASP2007 - Dictatorship and Democracy (applicable for ABAB, LBLA students ONLY)
    ASP2010 - Origins of International Politics (applicable for ABAB, LBLA students ONLY)
    ASP2011 - Foundations of Political Science (applicable for ABAB, LBLA students ONLY)
    Students enrolled in course code ABAB or LBLA must have completed two of the following units ASP2011 Foundations of Political Science, ASP2007 Dictatorship and Democracy, ASP2010 Origins of International Politics.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit provides an introduction to security studies, a field of inquiry that examines the political processes through which people seek security within the realm of international politics. The unit adopts a historical approach to the examination of this subject: we shall consider how our understandings of security have changed over time, which types of political actors have been most responsible for the maintenance of security, and what types of strategies these actors have adopted in their pursuit of security. Thus, this unit offers students the opportunity to examine some of the most important issues facing the international political system today.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Interrogate concepts and theories relating to the field of security studies and assess their relevance to events in international politics;
    2. Probe complex security problems and develop a research project designed to elucidate these problems;
    3. Critically review literature related to the field of security studies and employ that literature in the construction of a convincing research report; and
    4. Reflect upon concepts, theories and events in the field of security and elaborate on their relevance and application both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive manner.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 20%
    Security report (400 words)
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 30%
    Tutorial portfolio (600 words)
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 50%
    Essay (2000 words)

    Required reading

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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