Courses & Units

International Security HIR302

Introduction

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.

Summary

Unit name International Security
Unit code HIR302
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Coordinator

Mr James Dwyer

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

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education
1 090101

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Requisites

Prerequisites

HPP101 or HIR101

Mutual Exclusions

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

HIR202, HSR200, or HSR300

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

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

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

Assessment

2,500-word essay (40%), 1,000-word tutorial paper/presentation and participation (20%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%)

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Textbooks

Required

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