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POLS250 International Security in a Globalising World

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 modern international security and explores some of the major debates and issue areas in this field following the emergence of globalization. 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.

Paper title International Security in a Globalising World
Paper code POLS250
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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.

Recommended text - Roland Dannreuther, International Security: The Contemporary Agenda, and A. Collins (ed) Contemporary Security Studies.

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.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16-18, 20
A2 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16-18, 20
A3 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-14, 16-18, 20