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: 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

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