UQ: Global Security

Subject POLS20032 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours per semester. 1 x two hour lecture and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to spend at least 10 hours each week on this course. This time can be divided roughly into four contact hours, which comprise a two-hour lecture and a further two hours engaging the key questions and interacting with students and teaching staff in the weekly blog. Other online learning and review activities may take shape throughout the semester as well. The remaining six non-contact hours should be spent carefully reading and critically reflecting upon the required chapters before the lecture, as well as reviewing previous class materials.


Admission into the D-GLOBISS Diploma in Global Issues.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Miss Alana Marriner


U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Ground Floor, John Smyth Building
Email: alanajm@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 3849

Subject Overview:

This course examines security in international relations. We examine debates about the meaning of security in international relations and debates about the role, origins and changing nature of warfare in the international system. We then explore key global security dynamics ranging from the arms trade to nuclear proliferation, ethnic conflict and terrorism, and the contours of a new global security agenda in which we explore the relationship between security and poverty, disease and environmental changes.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, students shall be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to the broad area of international security and conflict.
  • Assess different strategies and approaches in international security.

Weekly reading review 10%, 1 x 1000 article review 20%, 1 x 2500 word written research essay 40% and take-home exam 30%.

Prescribed Texts:

A list of texts and readings will be provided at the start of the course.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Relate issues of current affairs to broader area of academic interest
Links to further information: http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outbound/u21/gip

Transcripts are sent from the international partner university approximately six weeks after the completion date of the course, therefore students are advised not to take this subject in the final semester of their undergraduate program if they wish to graduate in the December ceremonies.

Due to the varied grading schemes used by partners teaching into the U21 Diploma in Global Issues grades will be scaled according to the University of Melbourne standards using the grading scale online at http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outbound/u21/gip

Student undertaking this subject must complete a cross-institutional study application form to be submitted to University of Queensland at least three weeks prior to the course start date.

Related Course(s): U21 Diploma in Global Issues

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