pol5spw securty in a borderless world




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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of International Relations (AMIR/AMIRL/AMIRH/AMIRS), Graduate Diploma of International Relations(AGIR), Graduate Certificate of International Relations (ACIR), Master of International Development or related double masters (AMID/AMIDV/AMIDH/HZHPHID/HZPHID), Graduate Diploma of International Development(AGDST) or Graduate Certificate of International Development (ACDST).


Incompatible subjects POL4SPW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject for the Master of International Relations (AMIR/AMIRL/AMIRH/AMIRS)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. An incisive writing style - ability to write and argue lucidly; careful referencing, clear citation of materials used; correct grammar, puncutation and spelling.

Discussion on essay writing in class; written version of class presentations handed in for comment; sighted exam paper.

02. Intellectual discrimination - ability to identify key arguments and make sense of events and relationship; sensitivity to the use of key concepts.

Indepth interactive exchange in seminar; exam paper; informal study group; preparation for exam.

03. Research capacity - ability to delve into complex issues; locate relevant primary and secondary source materials; identify relevant information & arguments; rigorous data collection and analysis.

Two-month preparation for long essay, with periodic progress report by student to the whole class - with appropriate foodback.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

Independent ResearchWeek: 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.

SeminarWeek: 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%ILO*
one 6,500-word essay7501, 02, 03
one collaborative class presentation (equivalent to 2,500 words).2501, 02, 03