Course Title: Rethinking Security,War and Violence

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Rethinking Security,War and Violence

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Aiden Warren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3758

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.26

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In a period of dramatic global change, security continues to be a central theme at both the policy level and within broader social debates. The post-cold war period has given rise to a series of immense challenges, not only in terms of new forms of warfare, arms proliferation and terrorism, but also in terms of complicating how security itself is understood. In this context, you will investigate different ways of thinking about security, how the concept of security is changing, and how these changes affect policy and practice. In this course you will examine orthodox approaches to security and then work to consider developments such as human security and critical security studies, and look at these in terms of the changing character of the nation-state system and globalization. You will also be introduced to the emergent intersection of security concerns with international development, ecology, gender and community.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Analyse a range of approaches to security, both conventional as well as new areas of thinking
  • Identify the key challenges to formulating security policies, the coherence and logic of these approaches, and the demonstrated effects of their implementation
  • Interpret and articulate a diversity of views in relation to complex social problems
  • Conduct detailed secondary research both independently and as part of a team
  • Competently and clearly present research findings in a variety of formats


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, guest speakers, the presentation of audio-visual materials, and interactive tutorial activities including group based discussion and problem solving tasks. You will be expected to actively contribute to the construction of a supportive learning environment. Participation in discussions and activities, and engagement with the weekly reading materials is expected.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment may include individual and team work on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: