Introduction to Non-Traditional Security (GOVT2617)


This unit introduces a variety of non-traditional security (NTS) challenges, along with different perspectives and policies regarding threats other than war. How does NTS relate to war and peace, and what dangers are most threatening? When does conflict over scarce resources - food, water, energy - affect survival? And what can be done about emerging threats like climate change and cyber attack? Considering these and other questions, students will tackle some of the greatest security challenges in the world.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


500wd equivalent group role playing exercise (10%) and 1hr Mid-semester exam (30%) and 2500wd analytical Essay (50%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

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12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations

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