Contemporary Approaches to Security

POL20016 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + blended

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to foundational and contemporary approaches to security. It covers a range of theoretical frameworks and incorporates case studies to develop critical analysis with past and contemporary security issues.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse, understand, and compare the key assumptions and outcomes of different theories of international security
2. Contrast traditional concepts of security with non-traditional security problems
3. Critically apply concepts and theories of security to case studies
4. Evaluate global security problems from a range of differing perspectives