Course Title: Introduction to Global Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Global Security

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Aiden Warren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253758

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37 Level 5 Room 26

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with a foundational understanding of the changing concepts and practices of security and diplomacy in a globalising world. You will apply these concepts and practices in work integrated learning simulations, incorporating the writing of policy briefings, policy analysis and other ‘real world’ applications. Major security crises, challenges and developments during the Cold War and post-Cold War will period will be reviewed. Topics covered will include efforts to reduce the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, the so-called shift from ‘Old Wars’ to ‘New Wars,’ the problem of failed and weak states, global terrorism, transnational organised crime, piracy, humanitarian intervention, climate change and pandemics. Traditional models of national security will be critically contrasted with new models of cosmopolitan security, including comprehensive security, human security and environmental security. Importantly, you will consider the role of diplomacy in addressing global political challenges drawing upon cases from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. Particular attention will be given to the achievements and shortcomings of bilateral diplomacy, and multilateral dialogues on peace, disarmament, and nuclear non-proliferation. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1) Demonstrate a political, historical and cultural understanding of both traditional and new sources of insecurity.

2) Apply theoretical findings to global security scenarios via a work integrated learning / ‘real world’ focus.

3) Assess the development of international security regimes.

4) Strengthen skills in critically analysing different security discourses.

      5) Analyse, evaluate and write security policy.



In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

•     Employ WIL approaches in the context of writing briefing papers/reports and policy analyses.

•     Apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry.

•     Develop persuasive arguments on a given topic.

•     Communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively. 

Overview of Learning Activities


This course comprises twelve weekly lectures (two hours per week), 12 related tutorials (one-hour per week) and a related set of readings. Several hours of self-directed study and writing is also expected each week. The lectures will introduce each topic, contextualise the set reading material, and highlight the political and security relevance of each issue by drawing on recent information from a variety of sources. The tutorials, which are stand alone and set apart from the lecture, provide an opportunity for added discussion of issues raised by the lecture and set readings. Tutorials are not a substitute for the lecture and information from the lecture is not required to be repeated in the tutorials. While we do not grade students on “attendance” per se, regular participation is nonetheless expected in both lectures and tutorials and assessment is marked for “in-class participation.” 

Overview of Learning Resources



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

Assessment may include:

Tutorial participation (15%)

Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Tutorial participation aims to build your understanding of the subject
matter, improve your oral communication skills, apply key concepts to
contemporary problems and develop an understanding of the complex
political, strategic and ethical issues surrounding global security.
Marks will be awarded for the demonstration of wide reading, and
critical and independent thought.  Students can also participate by
tweeting/sharing articles/links using the #globalsecurity

Major Research Essay – 3000 words (45%)

Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Students must complete a major research assignment of approximately
2,500-3,000 words. A list of topics will be circulated early in the

Two Briefing Papers – 1000-1200 words each (40%)

Course Learning Outcomes: 4 and 5.

These policy briefings will reflect WIL simulations and will be based
on contemporary security scenarios.