Units of Study

CISS6004 - Health and Security

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Adam Kamradt-Scott
Phone: +61 2 9351 8986
Email: adam.kamradt-scott@sydney.edu.au

Description

This unit assesses the political and security significance of disease-related events and developments. Whether one contemplates historical experiences with smallpox, the contemporary challenges posed by diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS, or the risks arising from new scientific developments such as synthetic biology, it is clear that diseases exercise a powerful influence over civilised humankind. The unit concentrates on areas in which human health and security concerns intersect most closely, including: biological weapons; 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.

Assessments

2000wd issue brief (40%) and 4000wd research essay (60%)

Classes

1x2-hr seminar/week

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