APG5332 - Contemporary security topics - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Steven Zech


Dr Steven Zech

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


ATS4332, APG4332


The unit examines approaches to the study of security topics within the fields of political science and international relations. The unit examines a range of theories and analytical frameworks to provide students with the tools to identify key security issues, to evaluate their causes and effects, and to formulate policy recommendations. The unit covers traditional security topics, as well as new security challenges that shape global and national security landscapes. The unit investigates security topics from the perspective of both state and non-state actors through the use of in-depth regional case studies.


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

  1. identify and analyse the key debates framing global politics and international relations around the issue of 'security';
  2. respect different value and ethical systems in order to adapt to a variety of cultural and professional environments;
  3. apply analytical and critical skills to formulate innovative solutions to security issues in their chosen field;
  4. design and manage an independent research project
  5. utilise communication skills to share research findings [both orally and in writing]


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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