Units of Study

CISS6004 - Disease and Security

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Adam Kamradt-Scott


This unit assesses the political and security significance of infectious diseases. Whether one contemplates historical experiences with smallpox, plague and cholera, or the contemporary challenges posed by new diseases like HIV/AIDS and SARS, it is clear that pathogenic micro-organisms exercise a powerful influence over civilized humankind. The unit concentrates on areas in which human health and security concerns intersect most closely, including: biological weapons proliferation; responses to fast-moving disease outbreaks of natural origin; safety and security in microbiology laboratories; and the relationships between infectious disease patterns, public health capacity, state functioning and violent conflict. The overall aim of the unit is to provide students with a stronger understanding of the scientific and political nature of these problems, why and how they might threaten security, and the conceptual and empirical connections between them.


1x2500wd research essay (40%), 1x2400wd take-home exam (40%), 1x1000wd issue brief (20%)


1x3-hr seminar/week

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