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AIR748 - Security and Strategy

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: David Hundt
Prerequisite:

D305 students must have passed 24 credit points of study at levels 1, 2 & 3 with a minimum WAM of 60%, otherwise Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with: AIS661, AIS761, AIR448
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week (recordings provided)

Content

This unit examines power, conflict and the security states, societies and individuals. We begin by examining the causes of war and the evolution of strategic thought from classical times to the present. This leads to a discussion of both traditional and alternative theoretical frameworks of analysis.

We then focus on current debates within the field: nuclear strategy (including the deterrence or defence debate arising from ballistic missile defence), proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, regional conflicts and the development of grand strategy by the great powers. We conclude by focusing on emerging issues on the security agenda, such as migrations, energy, transnational crime and ecological deterioration.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

 

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Understand how to acquire knowledge relating to conflict and insecurity in the current international system

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO2

Apply your knowledge of conflict and security issues to current affairs

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3

Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of international relations to the analysis of political ideas, practices and issues in the global arena

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO4

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the origins and evolution of international security, including contemporary changes underway

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO5

Evaluate different interpretations of world political events and issues

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - (Individual) Class/Online Exercises   20% Ongoing
Assessment 2 - (Individual) Writing Exercise 1500 words 30% Week 5
Assessment 3 - (Group) Assignment   50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIR748 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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