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INR3003 War and Terrorism: Introduction to Strategic Studies

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: War & Terrorism Strategic Stud
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090101 - Political Science
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Richard Gehrmann

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.

Rationale

An understanding of strategic studies is an important component of international relations in the contemporary world. The competing interests of state and nonstate actors shape the lives of the global population, and this course provides vital knowledge about the security issues that shape war and peace today.

Synopsis

Terrorism, the invasion of Iraq and Australian led peacekeeping intervention in the region have increased interest in warfare and strategic issues in a variety of rapidly evolving scenarios. The use of force in world politics and the history of modern war have become an integral part of our daily lives. To understand such issues, students need to develop an in depth perspective on the development of strategic studies in the contemporary world. This course will focus on developments in strategic studies, including land, air and sea power, and their application to theories and issues. Terrorism, Peacekeeping, weapons of mass destruction, and international law all play a part in the relationships that shape contemporary warfare. The course is particularly suited to International Relations and History students.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by comprehending, defining and applying the essential terminology of strategic studies;
  2. discuss, briefly, the main events, places and people responsible for the development of theories of warfare;
  3. critically discuss the evolution of joint warfare, twentieth century theories of warfare, and contemporary issues of grand strategy;
  4. assess the application of strategic studies to selected case studies;
  5. communicate analytically in writing by preparing and submitting two essays in the International Relations discipline;
  6. demonstrate cultural literacy skills by describing and applying strategic studies to the use of force in the contemporary world;
  7. ethical research and inquiry skills by applying both the norms of research and referencing in their work.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to strategic and security studies, reading security studies and the history of war 10.00
2. International law, just war and the use of force 10.00
3. The causes of war and the conditions of peace 10.00
4. Land warfare, sea power and air power 10.00
5. Deterrence, arms control and disarmament 10.00
6. Terrorism, counterinsurgency & irregular warfare 10.00
7. The revolution in military affairs: technology and war 10.00
8. Weapons of mass destruction 10.00
9. The United Nations, humanitarian intervention and peace operations 10.00
10. Non-traditional security and the future of strategic studies 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=INR3003)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Baylis, J, Wirtz, J, & Gray, C (eds) 2018, Strategy in the contemporary world: an introduction to strategic studies, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Ayson, R & Ball, D (eds) 2006, Strategy and security in the Asia Pacific, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, NSW.
Combs, C 2017, Terrorism in the 21st century, 8th edn, Longman Pearson, Sydney.
Grey, J 2008, A military history of Australia, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
(Rev Edn.)
Tow, W 2001, Asia-Pacific strategic relations: seeking convergent security, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 52.00
Independent Study 113.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SHORT ESSAY (1000 WORDS) 100 20 23 Mar 2021
MAJOR ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 100 40 27 Apr 2021
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 100 40 End S1 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    • writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    • Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    • Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate’s possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.


  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at https://cmsauth.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/exams/supplementary-and-deferred-assessment.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 14 April 2021