International Relations and Security Studies

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


  • 1 Semester/Teaching Period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1

14 Mar 22 - 12 Jun 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
27 Mar 22

8 Apr 22

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Apr 22


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.

Courses with unit

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