International Relations and Security Studies

POL20010 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1

11 Mar 24 - 9 Jun 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
24 Mar 24

5 Apr 24

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Apr 24

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students 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

Courses with unit

BA-ART3 Bachelor of Arts
BA-ARTSPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)