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Ethics of Security - PICT320

This unit 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, wartime conduct, interrogation and torture, intelligence and surveillance, and human rights. Students will also consider cases of professional and work-place ethics in order to gain a greater appreciation of expected standards of conduct within the security sector. The unit also includes a practical component in which teams of students working together with partners from the security sector will have the opportunity to apply the insights they have developed over the course of their program 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 sessions: None)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Brian Cuddy

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


NCCW(s): PICT312, PICX320
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: PACE unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Faculty of Arts

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