POL42060 International Security

Academic Year 2023/2024

This seminar will introduce you to major themes and debates in the contemporary study of international security, peace and conflict. We will survey a range of issues, including the causes and management of inter-state warfare, terrorism, civil wars, and violence against civilians. By the end of the module, you will have a general overview of the literature in contemporary security studies. You should also have acquired a set of conceptual tools that can be used for analyzing the causes of violent conflict, the sources of international stability and instability, and the mechanisms of international conflict management and conflict resolution. In addition, you should be familiar with the main issues confronting contemporary policy-makers in the field of international security, and be equipped to conduct independent research on contemporary security issues and debates.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should:
- have a good understanding of the various debates in the field of security studies;
- be able to critically engage with the scholarly literature on international security;
- be able to apply theories and concepts from the field of security studies to understand and explain real-world events.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is a seminar, it relies heavily on student engagement with the readings prior to class, and active participation and contribution during class. Students are expected to come to class prepared to engage in deep discussion of the materials. In addition to the discussion we will work in small groups. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Policy brief Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Blog post Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Class participation. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Weekly short written responses to reading materials. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

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