Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics

Module L7092ADU

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Dr David Karp
The module looks at the nature of security in international politics from the non-traditional perspective of private actors who are willing to use force to advance the objectives that (for better or worse) they place a high value on. The first section of the module provides a theoretical context that will enable students to develop their ideas about: what 'security' is and how it relates to other values; why sovereign states are often treated as the starting-point for the study of global security; the ways in which the private use of force can be conceptualised as both a problem and a solution to security dilemmas; and the ways in which actors in the global South face security challenges that are often unique from the challenges of those in the North. In the second section of the module, students will have the opportunity to study particular actors, issues and cases, including private military companies, gangs, political insurgency movements, and transnational terrorist groups. Students will be challenged to think through the assumption that the private use of force automatically constitutes a threat that needs to be dealt with by sovereign actors, particularly at the international level. By the end of the module, students will demonstrate their theoretical and empirical understanding of the nature and significance of private security in international politics through a case-based research essay.

TypeTimingWeighting
EssaySemester 1 Assessment90.00%
Coursework10.00%
Coursework components. Equal weighting for all components.
ReportT1 Week 8  
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