POLI 7001 Development and Security

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101896

Coordinator Zulfan Tadjoeddin Opens in new window

Description Successful development requires the provision of security. As a corollary, lack of development can breed insecurity and violence. The overall nexus between development and security is not only about a country's domestic affairs; it concerns the global community. Amid the increasing pace of globalisation, global inequalities both within and between countries have increased, which have been complicated by competitions between groups, actors and countries. These may pose development and security challenges at national and global scales. This subject will concentrate on three key aspects. First, it will interrogate the complex relationship between development and security from interdisciplinary perspectives. Second, this subject will examine the development roots of insecurity focusing on social and economic structures and key issues in development and security from local and global perspectives as well as from micro and macro outlooks. Third, relevant case studies will be embedded throughout the subject contents to enhance students' analytical skills and practical orientation on the field of development and security.

School Social Sciences

Discipline Political Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the prevalence, characteristics, consequences and possible causes of civil wars and conflicts in developing countries
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of, and a rigorous and coherent analytical approach to, the multiple forms of violence and conflict in developed and developing countries
  3. Critically analyse ideas about conflict, development and security as well as possible inter-linkages among them
  4. Demonstrate critical and thorough understanding of the core issues of development and security and their inter-linkages
  5. Critically examine relevant cases and policies on development and security using appropriate theoretical frameworks

Subject Content

Violence, conflict and development
Development as security
Greed, grievance and social contract
Culture, ethnicity and religion
Poverty, inequality, marginalisation and exclusion
Natural resources, conflict and development
Peace keeping operation, the UN and DDR
Global governance for world order
Selected cases on the interlinkages between development and security


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay 750 words 25 N Individual
Critical Review 750 words 25 N Individual
Case Study 1,500 words 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


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Spring (2024)

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


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