POLIS 3101 - Strategic Culture and International Security
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 3101 Course Strategic Culture and International Security Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites 12 units of level I study, and 15 units in Politics with no more than 6 units at Level I Incompatible INST 2001, INST 3100 Course Description The course is designed to draw together a variety of areas dealt with in International Studies. The study of the international system is first and foremost one of perceptions and perspectives. Indeed, the very depiction of the world as a single international system is a facet of perspective. The course sets out to test these boundaries and forms of perception, by first of all examining holistic approaches to looking at the world and security, and then turning to perspectives from individuals, individual states and groups of states. Elements of Politics, Security Studies, History and Area Studies are at the heart of the course.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Felix PatrikeeffRoom 402, Napier Building 4th Floor
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Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course the skills, knowledge and attitude developed will be:
1. A keener understanding of government and governance.
2. The ability to think critically and problem-solve in International Studies.
3. Encourage mid-level research, based on a deepening of knowledge about regimes, and placing examples of them in comparative context.
4. Developing a foundational methodology in international politics.
5. Critical thinking and complex problem-solving.
6. Enhance the sophistication of analytical skills.
7. Ability to engage critically with accepted wisdoms and bias.
9. Encourage the building of sophisticated arguments.
10. Enhance presentational and debating skills.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 7,8,9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,5,6,7,8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7,8,9,10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,3,6,7,9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 220.127.116.11.6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7,8,9,10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5,7,8,9,10
Required ResourcesThere is no recommended text book for this course. Appropriate readings will be lodged on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThese will be indicated in the course outline.
Online LearningLectures will be recorded and made available to students. So too will links to required resources and useful links on the web (for further exploration and contemplation).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be delivered via two hours of lecture and discussion (the latter based on audio-visual content), as well as one hour of tutorial (small group discovery). In addition, students will be expected to conduct further work via independent research and reading, based on themes that are raised in the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lectures: 23 hours
Tutorials: 11 hours
Tutorial preparation: 14 hours
General reading: 28 hours
Research and writing assessments: 80 hours
Total: 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
The Course in a nut-shell:
The course explores strategic cultures from the perspective of the general (that is, how entire states can be said to possess strategic cultures, and how does these evidence themselves through their foreign policies and ways of defending themselves in the event of threat), but also the individual (how people feel secure in the context of their place in society and the political and social systems. In the end, students will be able to assess the nature of security in all of its main facets. To achieve this, we will be moving from the macro to the micro in a number of ways, both formally in lectures/lecture-based discussions, and in the context of tutorials. Assessment is tailored to bring the student in contact with the many -- often contradictory/deceptive -- characteristics of strategic cultures. Two minor exercises will book-end the course, while a research essay and tutorial presentation will allow students to tackle issues which they themselves identify as significant.
The Course week-by-week:
Week 1: Introduction.
Week 2: National Security: What is it?
Week 3: World Systems & their bearing on security.
Week 4: Strategic Cultures – What Are They? (State/non-state actors; formations of worldview).
Week 5: Strategic Cultures – Two Case Studies.
Week 6: Strategic Cultures – how do they resist, and what is threat?
Week 7: Spectrums of threat – what are they and how do they relate to cultures?
Week 8: Asymmetry of ideology.
Week 9: Globalisation & the Creation of “White Noise”.
Week 10: Security, societies and the state: who poses and who counters threat?
Week 11: Conventional warfare & adapting to the Unconventional.
Week 12: Bringing people and culture back in, or were they ever very far away? A contemplation of visibility/invisibility, memory/forgetting.
Specific Course RequirementsAs this is a third-year course, it would be useful for students to bring with them an understanding of elements of history and politics.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe course as a whole pertains to small group discovery, given that it endeavours to acquaint students with research techniques and tools, and stimulates original thought, which is, of course, what intellectual discovery is all about!
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Research Essay (2,000 words): 30%
Minor Paper I (1,000 words): 15%
Minor Paper II (1,000 words): 15%
Tutorial presentation: 20%
Multiple-choice test: 10%
Assessment Related RequirementsTutorials are a key aspect of this course, and therefore students are required to attend them. Absences should be documented as far as possible.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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