Security in an Age of Risk

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Security in an Age of Risk

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology, Intelligence Studies, Justice Studies, Public Policy Studies

  • 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

    This unit presents a conceptual framework for the study of security studies. It examines the different ways in which security can be conceptualised and the various levels of analysis used in security analysis.
    Students will examine security politics and securitisation, the legal and political contexts in which security operates and the relationship between chaos, order and resilience in assessing systemic risk. Throughout there is a focus on the confluence of risk factors in an increasingly interconnected world. In addition, an all-hazard approach to security planning and risk assessment is explored.
    In addition, critical security issues and objections to dominant narratives of security are addressed. The unit then presents an overview of the impact of globalisation and interconnection on security issues and security impacts. It also introduces complexity and systemic approaches to security to examine national and international societal systems. The curriculum concludes with questions about the diminishing returns of security investment in complex systems and how risk-based analysis can overcome stagnation in security actions.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.