University of Sydney Handbooks - 2017 Archive

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Undergraduate unit of study descriptions

Students should refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website for the latest information regarding unit of study descriptions, assessment or other requirements. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website contains the timetabling information for units offered in the current year (

GOVT – Government and International Relations

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences administers all GOVT units of study.

The units listed below below are only those listed as electives within the International Business major. For details of other Government and International Relations units not listed, students should refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences handbook.

GOVT2225 International Security in 21st Century

Session: Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%), Tutorial participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces the theoretical foundations, essential concepts and central issues in the field of international security. It provides students with analytical tools to understand and participate in current debates concerning security and threats. The first part of the unit provides an introduction to the theoretical interpretations of international security. The second part discusses security phenomena, problems and strategies, including the coercive use of force, deterrence, guerrilla and counterinsurgency, nuclear stability, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, crisis management, arms races and disarmament, security cooperation and security regimes. The discussion in this part includes a critical review of the dilemmas, strategies, and solutions in each of the issue areas.