International Relations and Security Studies

POL20010 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • 1 Semester/Teaching Period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours


37.5 credit points  and POL10002 International Politics

Aims and objectives

This unit builds on International Politics by exploring conceptual and theoretical debates in international relations and security studies. With a focus on traditional and nontraditional security problems in global politics, this unit develops students' critical analysis by applying a range of theories and conceptual frameworks to understand complex security issues such as terrorism, environmental security, human security, new wars, and traditional state/territorial security.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Comprehend and classify the various conceptual and theoretical perspectives in international relations and security studies
2. Contrast traditional concepts of security with non-traditional security problems
3. Assess and critically apply those concepts and theories to case studies
4. Evaluate the implications of considering global security problems from a range of differing perspectives.

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