International Security (916M1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module compliments ‘New Security Challenges’ by providing you with the theoretical and historical (mid/late 20th- and 21st-century) background needed in order to engage in contemporary debates in the field of International Security.

You explore changes and continuities in international security across key moments such as the end of the Cold War and the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, as well as key ongoing global processes/projects such as decolonisation and globalisation.

In the first half of the module you cover topics that are often seen as the core of security studies, such as the meaning of ‘security’, the nature of war, the relevance of sovereignty, the role of culture/identity, and responses to crisis — and you study these from both traditional and critical perspectives.

In the second half of the module you focus on debates that are at the cutting edge of the contemporary field, such as gender, intervention, and trust.

You will complete the module with a grounding in both core and cutting-edge debates about international security, and with an ideal basis from which to continue on to specialised optional modules in the subsequent academic term.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.