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.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%), Tutorial participation (20%)
12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Politics or International RelationsProhibitions