Credit points: 15

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. 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesEssay and class presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HUSS postgraduate degree or through subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsPOL5SPW OR POL4SPW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. An incisive writing style - write and argue lucidly; careful referencing, clear citation of materials used; correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
02. Intellectual discrimination - identify key arguments and make sense of events and relationship; sensitivity to the use of key concepts.
03. Research capacity - delve into complex issues; locate relevant primary and secondary source materials; identify relevant information & arguments; rigorous data collection and analysis.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

3,500-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Collaborative class presentation (equivalent to 1,500 words).

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3