Global Security

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Security

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite

    4 credits of political science course(s)

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines security in international relations. We examine debates about the meaning of security in international relations and debates about the role, origins and changing nature of warfare in the international system. We then explore key global security dynamics ranging from the arms trade to nuclear proliferation, ethnic conflict and terrorism, and the contours of a new global security agenda in which we explore the relationship between security and poverty, disease and environmental change.
    Course Introduction
    This course first familiarizes students with debates about security and the use of force in international relations, pointing to different theoretical approaches to the meaning of security and the origins of war. We also examine the changing nature of war and challenges associated with the threat and use of force. The course then examines key global security dynamics and issues, from great power security dynamics and the political economy of warfare to the role of nuclear weapons, terrorism and insurgency and debates about the legitimacy of war and responsibility to protect. We conclude by pointing to the so-called ?new security agenda? and exploring debates about the future of global security and war.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Demonstrate knowledge related to the broad area of international security and conflict
    • Assess different strategies and approaches in international security
    • Relate issues of current affairs to broader area of academic interest
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    Participation: 10%
    Tutorial Reading Review: 20%
    Research Essay: 40%
    Final Exam: 30%

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.