Critical Security Studies

POL30020 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.


50 credit points
Anti-requisite (similar content)
POL20010 International Relations and Security Studies 

Aims and objectives

This unit develops the conceptual and theoretical frameworks covered in Contemporary Approaches to Security. It covers non-traditional security threats and empirical case studies through new approaches in security studies. Students explore the key critical debates between theoretical schools and analyse emerging and future security threats.
Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Comparatively assess post-positivist approaches to security
2. Identify and explain key debates within and between security theories
3.Critically analyse case studies and security scenarios through the conceptual and theoretical approaches studied
4. Evaluate the ethical, normative and political dimensions of how we can theorise security 

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