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    A conceptual overview of security, the changing global context, traditional and non-traditional security issues, the management of international security issues, and the future of global security.

    This course is a broad introduction to international security and explores some of the major debates and issue areas in this field including the issues around the defence of sovereignty and pursuit of autarky, why states cheat and how they can cooperate, the pros and cons of globalisation and the possibility of world government.  The course encompasses traditional security issues such as military strategy, inter-state war and nuclear proliferation and non-traditional security questions such as pandemics, cyber-security, competition in outer space, and natural disasters and conflict. The paper asks the question whether intelligence analysts provide a helpful lens for looking at the world, and whether they assist in predicting possible futures.

    About this paper

    Paper title International Security in a Globalising World
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
    Teaching staff

    Dr Peter Grace

    Paper Structure
    It encompasses the concept of security, the international security agenda in the era of globalisation, the challenge of managing international security issues, and the question of whether globalisation has enhanced or diminished international security.

    Readings will be available on eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain:

    • The ability to critically assess arguments put forward by international security scholars.
    • The capability to relate arguments about international security to a changing international environment.
    • The capacity to analytically compare alternative social science theories and develop reasoned, independent perspectives on international security issues.
    • A better understanding of specific current and future challenges in international security.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-16, 18, 20
    A2 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-16, 18, 20
    A3 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 15-16, 18, 20
    A4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10, 13, 15-16, 18, 20
    A5 Thursday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15-16, 18, 20
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