POLIS 2133 - Security, Justice and Rights

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course seeks to bring together two important areas in the study of international politics: global justice and security. Security is a core concern for states and individuals, but the pursuit of security, maybe especially in the international arena, raises a number of important and difficult questions both at the theoretical and empirical level. This course covers a number of approaches to the study of security in International Relations (e.g. realism, liberalism and feminism), it explores what we mean by security (whose security? And security from what?), it seeks to identify new issues on the global security agenda (e.g. human security, the environment) and to ask questions about what is permissible or desirable to do in the pursuit of security (can it ever be right to torture somebody? And if so, when? Who is a terrorist? Is there a trade off between rights and security? And between security and justice? And how do we go about answering these questions?). In exploring these theoretical issues and answering these questions about right and wrong we will also be learning about the dynamics of international politics and the realities of our globalised world.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 2133
    Course Security, Justice and Rights
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible POLI 2133
    Assessment 2000 word essay 40%, Weekly online test 30%, Workshops group work and group research project 30%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tiziana Torresi

    Convenor: Dr. Tiziana Torresi
    Email: tiziana.torresi@adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Napier 413; Office hours, by appointment
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Knowledge of a variety of critical theoretical approaches to contemporary security issues
    2 To stimulate critical reflection on contemporary security practices
    3 Knowledge of a number of normative theoretical frameworks for thinking about global political justice
    4 Greater understanding of international politics and its dynamics
    5 Greater understanding of political change
    6 Enhanced skills in research, synthesis, organisation and presentation of information
    7 Ability to read reflectively and critically a diverse range of texts and to critically evaluate arguments
    8 Ability to engage in constructive and respectful discussion in a seminar setting and to work cooperatively in a group
    9 An ability to work independently and manage time effectively
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no textbook for this curse, all readings will be availble on line through the University library.
    Recommended Resources
    Detailed information will be given in class and through MyUni
    Online Learning
    We will be using a number of online resources, including online lectures, detailed information will be given in class and through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Consult MyUni for detailed information on weekly teaching and learning activities.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    You must expect to dedicate a number of hours weekly to readiing, on-line lectures and podcasts as well as specific tutorial prepapration. 
    Learning Activities Summary
    All information is available on MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specififc course requirements. 
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    We will be engaging in a small group research exercise that will run for the whole semester. Details will be given in class and is available on MyUni. 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Tutorial Participation, Attendance and Activities 10 %, Small Group Research Experience 20%. Research Essay 40 %, Multiple Choice Tests 30 %
    Assessment Related Requirements
    No specififc additional requirements
    Assessment Detail

    There are four assessment tasks for this course. They all develop and test different skills and facets of your knowledge and understanding of the material, and therefore help you on your progress as well as give everybody the chance to express their strengths. The tutorial participation encourages you -and tests- your ability to engage in constructive argument, problem-solving and thinking quickly on your feet. The small group research exercise fosters and tests your research skills as well as your ability to work in a group. The research essay will help you develop your skills in critical thinking, ability to construct a convincing argument, research and communication. The multiple-choice tests will test your knowledge base and understanding throughout the course.

    All submissions through MyUni.

    Tutorial Participation, Attendance and Activities 10 %
    Small Group Research Experience 20%
    Research Essay 40 %
    Multiple Choice Tests 30 %

    Tutorial Participation, Attendance and Activities 10 %

    Tutorial participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in tutorial discussions. Students are expected to contribute actively to class discussions. Consistent participation showing familiarity with, and reflection on, each week’s assigned readings is strongly encouraged. It is expected that all students will read, at least, the essential readings in advance of each tutorial, this is a compulsory aspect of the course. This is very important to the functioning of the course and your own learning experience!

    Small Group Research Experience, Country Report, 1500 words excluding bibliography 20%

    We will be engaging in a small group research exercise that will run for the whole semester. Full details will be given in class. For this research exercise, you will be asked to hand in a short country report on an issue relevant to security studies. Submission through MyUni, I do not need a hard copy. Please submit only one copy per group. Due on Friday, October 19, by 23,59.

    Research essay, 2000 words, excluding bibliography 40%

    For the research essay, I am expecting you to provide a clear, critical, reflective, well-supported argument in your own voice. You can make up your own question (but please discuss it with me at some point!) or pick one of the questions provided (there are available on MyUni under “Assessment”) There must be evidence of independent research. Reference properly, and do not forget a bibliography. I accept all (academic) referencing styles, as long as you are consistent. You can go over the work limit by about 10-20%, but no more! Submission through MyUni, I do not need a hard copy. Due on Friday, November 2, by 23,59.

    Multiple choice tests, worth 30%

    The tests are a standard multiple choice test, they will cover only topics that we have discussed in the course, either in the lectures, the readings or the workshops. The tests are online, and can be accessed through MyUni. You are required to complete a test every week starting in week 2; 5-6 questions, you have 30 minutes. Due every Sunday by 23,59. I suggest you complete your test after you listen to the lecture and read the essential readings. If you miss a test you can submit a 5oo-word critical reflection on the week’s topic. This can be either answering a reading question, responding to one of the readings (either essential or suggested) or a general reflection on the topic. Due by the end of week 12.
    All submissions through MyUni.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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