Credit points: 30

Subject outline

The intensification of global interaction is challenging the centrality of the state in international affairs. New forms of association are changing the way states and communities interact. Simultaneously security agendas have broadened. So called 'old wars' between states appear on the wane, replaced by 'new wars', with the 'war on terror' framing the state security agenda of the last decade. However, these shifts may be more apparent than real and demand critical evaluation. We will examine the significance of these trends for security, understood both in its traditional military sense, and also in its less conventional sense as human or environmental security. Issues explored include terrorism, unregulated population flows, transnational crime, pandemics (notably HIV/AIDS), and the environment.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Politics (AHA) or International Relations Honours Program (AHIR), or coordinators approval


Incompatible subjects POL5SPW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 6,500-word essay75
one collaborative class presentation (equivalent to 2,500 words).25