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Ethics of Security - PICT320

This course canvasses some of the major ethical, moral, and legal paradigms of thought within the field of Security Studies, and it considers how those paradigms might inform our approach to a number of controversial and consequential questions of security policy and practice. Through both historical and contemporary case studies, students will examine and evaluate the ethical dimensions of various security-related issues such as the recourse to war, humanitarian intervention, human rights, wartime conduct, interrogation and torture, the use of particular (e.g., nuclear) weapons, intelligence and surveillance, and development assistance. The unit will also include a practical component involving engagement with industry professionals, during which students will have the opportunity to apply the insights they have developed to one or more current security-related issues.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus dates: None)

Staff Contact(s): Mr Brian Cuddy, Professor Ben Schreer

(48cp at 100 level or above including (PICT103 and PICT202)) or (admission to BSecStud and 48cp at 100 level or above including (24cp in PICT units including PICT310)) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PICT312
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: PACE unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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