Singapore University of Social Sciences

Non-Traditional Security

Non-Traditional Security (SEC345)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


Non-Traditional Security (NTS) in late modernity is about how the instruments of NTS work in modern states. This course explains how the NTS of energy, environment and health have impacted human life and vice-versa. This NTS course is important for the student of Security Studies as it will help him or her understand how security issues may not always arise out of terrorism or war. The student will understand how NTS itself plays a part in Grand Theory and Empire Building while developing a broader understanding of “security” beyond the confines of security studies.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Traditional and non-traditional security (NTS)
  • NTS theory and the state
  • Energy and environment security
  • Food and health security
  • Energy, environment, food, health and politics
  • NTS and Green Politics

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise power centres of Non-Traditional Security (NTS) and traditional security.
  • Distinguish between NTS, the state and non-state actors.
  • Critique the development of NTS theory and security studies concepts.
  • Examine the root ideas in NTS.
  • Propose environmental factors responsible for the development of Asian NTS.
  • Arrange the different categories of energy NTS.
  • Judge the value of food NTS in late modernity.
  • Synthesize the impact of health politics on the environment.
  • Assess the inter-connectedness of NTS (energy, environment, food and health) politics.
  • Construct the circumstances surrounding Civil Society and NTS.
  • Evaluate NTS in terms of Green Politics.
  • Recommend new approaches to understanding NTS.
  • Apply security studies concepts to seminar discussions.
  • Experiment with work-based problems with concepts in security studies.
  • Demonstrate competence in academic writing (political science).
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