About this unit
This International Security Studies unit focuses on international security issues that have an impact upon global, regional and national security structures and the survival of humankind. Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Murdoch University, the unit will help you understand threats to the welfare and stability of mankind and society at local, national and global levels. You will learn how these threats are broad and wide ranging and how they emerge from political, economic, social, cultural and environmental issues.
In the first part of the unit, you will discover the evolution of the international system, coming to understand the theory and history of security studies. Following this you will build on this knowledge, looking at contemporary threats to national, international and human security. This will include the study of non-state actors such as terrorists and social and economic factors, disease, state failure and civil conflict.
You will also discuss the effects of globalisation and its impact on global security, coming to understand why the idea of global security is important. On completion of the unit, you will be able to successfully analyse international politics and security and also demonstrate a good understanding of public policy, in particular as it relates to decision-making in the area of international security.
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You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed this unit before, or have studied an academic equivalent. You must also have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at level 1 before enrolling in this unit.
This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit. Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this International Security Studies unit, the topics you will study include:
- States and international relations
- Theorising international relations
- Security and securitisation
- Military threats from inter-state wars
- Military threats from non-state actors
- Economic and social threats to security
- Environmental and economic security
- Accidents and natural disasters
- Crime and insecurity
- International relations in a globalising world
- Global governance and global security
- Future of security studies
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
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