International Security

Module code: PL7168

Module co-ordinator: Dr Tara McCormack

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.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Students are provided with an reading list that provides them with a guide to the relevant academic and other literature. The module is taught through a series of weekly two-hour seminars. All students must present a seminar paper to the group during the semester, which is subject to written feedback from the tutor. Students learn through reading widely; discussing issues in the seminars; writing essays; and thinking critically and analytically.


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