APG5093 - International relations field unit: Governing peace and security - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee


Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee

Unit guides



  • Winter semester 2018 (Flexible)





This intensive, two-week unit takes place in a prominent city important to international peace and security, such as Brussels, Tokyo, Vienna, London, or Washington DC. Students will experience the diverse array of perspectives on the global governance of peace and security, visiting a range of institutions, which may include prominent think tanks, non-governmental organisations, embassies, defence institutes, and government agencies. Students will engage with internationally known experts on a variety of peace and security topics, which may include nuclear politics, trade wars, environmental security, humanitarian intervention, terrorism and more. The goal of the unit is to enable students to confront, digest and critique the many viewpoints on peace and security issues essential to global governance today, as well as understand the interconnected nature of these critical topics.


upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and understand a wide variety of perspectives on key peace and security issues important to global governance;
  2. comprehend and appraise the ways in which domestic politics influences countries' peace and security policies;
  3. analyse and critique the interconnected nature of key peace and security topics;
  4. critically evaluate policy reports and articles;
  5. communicate, orally and in writing, about key peace and security topics in a professional, policy-relevant manner.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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