International Security

Module code: PL7168

Module outline

Issues of security and insecurity are central to international relations, as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the Iraq War of 2003 underline. This course provides you with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of international security in the contemporary era. It examines the main theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of international security, before considering a range of contemporary security issues including: the emergence of a zone of stable peace in Europe; the violent break up of Yugoslavia; 'New Wars' in the South; terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; the Iraq War and the future of the Middle East; and the prospects for peace and security in the Twenty-First Century. This module thus provides you with the analytical tools to think Module Descriptions Core Modules critically and independently about the nature of contemporary international security, focusing on developments since the end of the Cold War.

Learning

  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 280 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Seminar paper, 1,500 words (20%)
  • Essay, 5,000 words (80%)