Courses & Units

International Security HIR202



This unit is concerned with international security, primarily from a 'traditional' vantage point (which relates to the study of war, arms control, conflict management and a range of associated 'inter-national' issues). It examines the nexus between theory and practice in international conflict and utilises a range of contentious contemporary security issues as case studies. The unit covers key issues relating to the history and future of conflict, and will examine the relationships between conflict and territory, conflict and interdependence, and conflict and culture. In particular we will focus on the Cold War, the move from bipolarity to a unipolar international system, and the notion that conflict is increasingly being conditioned by processes of globalisation.

The unit also looks at a set of specific strategic problems: US grand strategy, ballistic missile defences, weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), terrorism, the future of alliances (especially the NATO alliance) and the security challenges posed by infectious diseases. Each of those topics offers an opportunity to look in greater detail at a particular key issue.

The unit then turns to Asia, and examines the complex mosaic of Asia-Pacific security, nuclear deterrence in South Asia and the Korean Peninsula, and China's military modernisation program. We finish with lectures on Australian security in the new century.


Unit name International Security
Unit code HIR202
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Dr Catherine Goetze

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Domestic students

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 090101

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HPP101 or HIR101

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HIR302, HSR200, HSR300


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:   2-hr lecture weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly;

Off Campus:   web-based delivery of 13 lectures, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly


2,000-word essay (40%), 1,000-word tutorial paper/presentation and participation (20%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%)

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