PAIS515 Contemporary Challenges to Global Security

Updated: 19 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions INRE215 or INRE315 or INRE415 or PAIS315 or PAIS415 or POLS215 or POLS315 or POLS401

offered in even numbered years

Combined Units PAIS315 - Contemporary Challenges to Global Security
Coordinator(s) Karin Von Strokirch (
Unit Description

This unit examines the processes and issues affecting global security in the post-cold war era from 1990 onwards. It focuses on the challenges posed by nationalism, terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The widening rift between the West and Islam is explored. In particular, this unit assesses the role of the United Nations and the United States in managing new forms of conflict, including those featuring non-state actors and so called rogue states.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced body of knowledge of: key theories, processes and issues pertaining to security in contemporary international relations; the nature and significance of trends transforming conceptions of security in international relations since the end of the Cold War; and the ways in which key actors such as the United Nations and the United States are responding to emerging challenges to global security;
  2. critically assess and apply principal theoretical perspectives in the field of international security;
  3. present a coherent and sustained scholarly argument demonstrating an advanced knowledge of research methods and principles; and
  4. rigorously evaluate, critically analyse and synthesise evidence from a range of primary and secondary sources.