This online Contemporary Security Challenges unit from OUA and Macquarie University is particularly concerned with complex challenges such as critical national infrastructure, non-traditional issues and the security-development nexus.
Students will have the skills to classify security issues such as risks, threats or vulnerabilities using key national security concepts, and also differentiate between traditional and emergent threats.
You will also be able to identify key stakeholders and actors in the field of security studies, such as states, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, non-state actors, commercial entities, media outlets and individuals.
It concludes by exploring emerging security challenges, such as cyber security hacktivism and the proliferation of drones and domestic surveillance technologies.
There are no prerequisites for this unit; anyone can apply.
Areas of study
In this Contemporary Security Challenges unit, the topics you will study include:
The network society
Stakeholders in security
The public security agenda
War and the rise of the state
Security challenges in the anarchical society
Critical national Infrastructure
The security-development nexus
Surveillance and technologies of control
Hacktivism and information security
Conclusion: A new security paradigm?
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Bachelor of 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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Studying this unit, as part of a Bachelor of Security, equips graduates with a thorough understanding of 21st Century security challenges in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and around the world, including individuals' basic needs, the protection of organisations and sensitive information, national security and international issues.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Contemporary Security Challenges 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 or HECS-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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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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