International studies and development (ES010)

Globalise your thinking and explore constructs of gender and culture.

Engage with sophisticated applications of global thinking for contemporary times to consider the impacts of war and adversity on the global imagination.

What you will study

Introduction to Global Security (Semester 1)

Available for study on campus

This subject provides you with a foundational understanding of the changing concepts and practices of security and diplomacy in a globalising world. You will learn about and apply these concepts and practices in WIL simulations, incorporating the writing of policy briefings, policy analysis and other ‘real world’ applications. Major security crises, challenges and developments during the Cold War and post-­Cold War will period will be reviewed.

Topics covered will include efforts to reduce the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, the so-­?called shift from ‘Old Wars’ to ‘New Wars,’ the problem of failed and weak states, global terrorism, transnational organised crime, piracy, humanitarian intervention, climate change and pandemics. Traditional models of national security will be critically contrasted with new models of cosmopolitan security, including comprehensive security, human security and environmental security. Importantly, the course will consider the role of diplomacy in addressing global political challenges drawing upon cases from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. Particular attention will be given to the achievements and shortcomings of bilateral diplomacy, and multilateral dialogues on peace, disarmament, and nuclear non-proliferation.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide.

Gender Development and Globalisation (Semester 2)

Available for study on campus

This course introduces the major issues facing women and men who are marginalised by inequitable structures and processes of globalisation, through a number of issues presented as topics. Although case studies for these topics are drawn largely from Asia, sites and examples from other regions are also discussed. You will investigate these experiences within the context of International Development, drawing particularly on Gender and Development and Critical Globalisation approaches and concepts. You will be able to develop valuable social science research skills and participate in discussion and debates about critical issues of global change.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide.

Entry requirements

You must be in your final year of your VCE studies.

Acceptance into this program requires a recommendation from your Year 12 coordinator and your school principal. Parental/guardian permission is also necessary.

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