Borders, Security, and Belonging

POL20017 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

Despite decades of globalisation, borders and walls are everywhere – and growing – in response to mass migration, conflict, war, pandemics and efforts to secure the state. Borders reflect, reinforce, create and sometimes disrupt existing dynamics of power, equality and difference. Border studies brings together a range of different disciplines such as geopolitics, international relations and security studies, to understand how borders both divide and unite humans and space within and across societies.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically analyse key debates and interdisciplinary approaches to border studies
2. Analyse the different modalities of power and resistance operating through different types of bordering practices
3. Examine the different functions of borders through comparative empirical cases.
4. Engage with and assess the political, economic, social and cultural implications of bordering practices and borderwork

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