International Security in 21st Century (GOVT2225)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit introduces the theoretical foundations, essential concepts and central issues in the field of international security. It provides students with analytical tools to understand and participate in current debates concerning security and threats. The first part of the unit provides an introduction to the theoretical interpretations of international security. The second part discusses security phenomena, problems and strategies, including the coercive use of force, deterrence, guerrilla and counterinsurgency, nuclear stability, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, crisis management, arms races and disarmament, security cooperation and security regimes. The discussion in this part includes a critical review of the dilemmas, strategies, and solutions in each of the issue areas.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%), Tutorial participation (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations

Prohibitions

GOVT2205

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.