Weapons of Mass Destruction: Proliferation and Control

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Weapons of Mass Destruction: Proliferation and Control unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University explains the history and current state of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and risk.

You will learn to identify WMD within a wider security-studies base, and assess potential WMD threat and risk scenarios, as well as critically evaluate scholarly literature relating to WMD to conceptualise risk and threat and scenarios.

Core learning outcomes include the ability to consider ethical implications of the proliferation and control of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the presentation of balanced analyses.

You will also critically analyse future threats and opportunities from state and non-state actors in line with relevant WMD issues.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

Areas of study

In this Weapons of Mass Destruction: Proliferation and Control unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Topic overview
  • International law, proliferation and control
  • MD: the nuclear and radioactive dimension
  • WMD: the chemical dimension
  • WMD: the biological dimension
  • Rogue states and the trade in nuclear secrets
  • Non-state security challenges (including accidents and the terror dimension)
  • Emergency management
  • Case study: Iraq; what we didn't learn in Niger
  • Case study: AQ Khan and PSI
  • Case study: the subcontinent and the nuclear arms race
  • Case study: Syria and the use of chemical weapons
  • The future of proliferation

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Master of International Security Studies, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit equips graduates with the skills to assess concerns related to WMDs in the hands of non-state or state based terrorist organisations, as well as recognise the threat of nuclear or biological terrorism throughout North East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Iran. You will also understand how this relates to Australia’s security options.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Weapons of Mass Destruction: Proliferation and Control from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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