Global Security

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Security

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides an introduction to global security in the modern world. The first part, which runs for three weeks, focuses on how the main paradigms of International Relations define security. This includes the realist, liberal, constructivist, feminist and critical security studies theories. The second part, which runs for the remaining weeks, focuses on the practice of global security. It analyses a different issues such as peace and war, alliances and institutions, nuclear weapons, terrorism and counter-terrorism, arms, crime and the privatisation of security, genocide and humanitarian intervention as well as energy and environmental security. In addition, current issues in global security (e.g., Islamic State, Eloba) are interwoven with the weekly material.
    Course Aims
    The main aims of this course are for students to acquire:
    An understanding of the key theories related to security in the contemporary international system;
    An understanding of the key security issues facing states, groups and/or individuals;
    A capacity to undertake the critical assessment and analysis of security in international relations;
    Developed writing and verbal skills through the analysis of issues and problems relating to global security.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1.1 Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the theory of global security.
    1.2 Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the practice of global security.
    1.3 Demonstrate the application of conceptual frameworks to the empirical world of global security.
    2. SKILLS
    2.1 Demonstrate the cognitive skills to critically analyse issues, events and problems in global security.
    2.2 Demonstrate the capacity to locate, evaluate and reference appropriate research materials, construct well-informed arguments, and synthesise and structure information effectively in both oral and written communications.
    3.1 Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, designing and conducting independent research projects in global security.
    3.2 Demonstrate the ability to adapt knowledge and skills to solve problems in the complex and diverse environment of global security.
    3.3 Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one's own learning both autonomously and in collaboration with others.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Guided discussion with peers
    Seminar Performance


    Assignment - Planning Document
    Essay Proposal


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Major Essay


    Exam - constructed response


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.