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PICT111 – Security in an Age of Risk

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Andrew Tan
Contact via 98506898
Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Level 2, Hearing Hub
By email appointment: andrew.tan@mq.edu.au
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit focusses on non-traditional security threats and challenges. It introduces students to the concepts of securitization and human security. It then assesses a range of non-traditional security threats, addressing the risks and dangers associated with them, as well as discussing ways to manage them. Students will examine areas such as global terrorism, insurgencies, transnational organized crime, the international arms trade, environmental security, population and refugees, poverty and development, global health, energy security and the challenges for Australia. In combination with PICT110, the unit forms the basis for training in security studies.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  2. A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  3. The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  4. Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  5. Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

General Assessment Information

SUBMITTING ASSESSMENT TASKS

  • All text-based assessment tasks are to be submitted, marked and returned electronically.  This will only happen through the unit iLearn site. 
  • Assessment tasks must be submitted as a MS word document by the due date.
  • Most assessment tasks will be subject to a 'TurnitIn' review as an automatic part of the submission process.
  • The granting of extensions is subject to the university’s Disruptions Policy. Extensions will not in normal circumstances be granted by unit conveners or tutors, but must be lodged through Disruption to Study: http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/manage_your_study_program/disruption_to_studies/

 

 

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF ASSESSMENT TASKS

  • If an assignment is submitted late, 5% of the available mark will be deducted for each day (including weekends) the paper is late.
  • For example, if a paper is worth 20 marks, 1 mark will be deducted from the grade given for each day that it is late (i.e. a student given 15/20 who submitted 4 days late will lose 4 marks = 11/20).
  • The same principle applies if an extension is granted and the assignment is submitted later than the amended date.

 

 

WORD LIMITS FOR ASSESSMENT TASKS

  • Stated word limits include footnotes and footnoted references, but not bibliography, or title page.
  • Word limits can generally deviate by 10% either over or under the stated figure.
  • If the number of words exceeds the limit by more than 10%, then penalties will apply. These penalties are 5% of the awarded mark for every 100 words over the word limit. If a paper is 300 words over, for instance, it will lose 3 x 5% = 15% of the total mark awarded for the assignment. This percentage is taken off the total mark, i.e. if a paper was graded at a credit (65%) and was 300 words over, it would be reduced by 15 marks to a pass (50%).
  • The application of this penalty is at the discretion of the course convener.

 

REASSESSMENT OF ASSIGNMENTS DURING THE SEMESTER

 

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Minor Essay 15% Friday 1 September 2017
Annotated Bibliography 15% Monday 2 October 2017
Major Essay 60% Monday 23 October 2017
Participation 10% Ongoing

Minor Essay

Due: Friday 1 September 2017
Weighting: 15%

Detailed information about this assessment can be found on the iLearn site for this unit.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Annotated Bibliography

Due: Monday 2 October 2017
Weighting: 15%

Detailed information about this assessment task can be found on the iLearn site for this unit.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Major Essay

Due: Monday 23 October 2017
Weighting: 60%

Detailed information about this assessment task can be found on the iLearn site for this unit.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Participation

Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 10%

You are required to attend all weekly seminar discussions. If you are an external student, you are required to participate every week in the online forum. A participation rubric can be found on the iLearn site for this unit.

 

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Delivery and Resources

 

UNIT REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS

  • You should spend an average of 12 hours per week on this unit. This includes listening to lectures prior to seminar or tutorial, reading weekly required materials as detailed in iLearn, participating in Ilearn discussion forums and preparing assessments.
  • Internal students are expected to attend all seminar or tutorial sessions, and external students are expected to make significant contributions to on-line activities.
  • In most cases students are required to attempt and submit all major assessment tasks in order to pass the unit.

 

REQUIRED READINGS

  • The citations for all the required readings for this unit are available to enrolled students through the unit iLearn site, and at Macquarie University's library site.  Electronic copies of required readings may be accessed through the library or will be made available by other means.
  • The compulsory textbooks are:

 Paul D. Williams (ed.), Security Studies: An Introduction, London: Routledge, 2nd edition, 2013.

 Alan Collins (ed.), Contemporary Security Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 2016.

 Students can purchase physical / electronic copies online directly from Routledge (www.routledge.com), Oxford University Press (www.oup.com.au), Amazon         (www.amazon.com) or the Book Depository (www.bookdepository.com). Copies are also available from the Macquarie University Co-op bookshop.

 

TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED

  • Computer and internet access are essential for this unit. Basic computer skills and skills in word processing are also a requirement.
  • This unit has an online presence. Login is via: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/
  • Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.
  • Information about IT used at Macquarie University is available at  http://students.mq.edu.au/it_services/

 

STAFF AVAILABILITY

  • Department staff will endeavour to answer student enquiries in a timely manner. However, emails or iLearn messages will not usually be answered over the weekend or public holiday period.
  • Students are encouraged to read the Unit Guide and look at instructions posted on the iLearn site before sending email requests to staff.

 

 

Unit Schedule

See the iLearn website for the weekly schedule of topics and readings.

Here is a summary of the topics:

Week 1: Introduction and Referencing

Week 2: Securitisation and Human Security

Week 3: Global Terrorism

Week 4: Religious Terrorism

Week 5: Civil Wars and Insurgencies

Week 6: Transnational Organised Crime

Week 7: International Arms Trade

Week 8: Environmental Security

Week 9: Poverty and Development

Week 10: Population and Refugees

Week 11: Global Health

Week 12: Energy Security

Week 13: Non-Traditional Security Challenges to Australia

 

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Lectures

Weekly lectures are recorded and are provided on the unit iLearn site.

Seminar Discussions (Tutorials)

Seminar (or tutorial) Discussions are held every week for internal students (1-hour). External students participate every week through the online Discussion Forum.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the breadth and depth of non-traditional security issues that the world is facing world today.
  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A critical and empirical awareness of the complexity and diversity of security threats and risks of a non-traditional nature that the world faces.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the scholarship on key non-traditional security issues.
  • Develop information literacy – the skills to appropriately locate, evaluate and use relevant information on non-traditional security issues.
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, critical reasoning, and persuasive scholarly writing skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Minor Essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay
  • Participation