Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (Pathway elective) (L2061NE)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Gain an introduction to the broad issue agenda that shapes the contemporary study of (in)security.

Each week, you focus on a different issue that defines the agenda of International Security.Traditionally, security has been understood to comprise the question of the protection of sovereign territory through armed force. Thus, it examined issues such as arms races, war and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These issues were traditionally addressed through a realist lens that regarded the state and its survival as the central conceptual maxims, but contemporary scholarship concerning security has broadened this agenda considerably. New sources of insecurity have emerged outside the traditional state form, as can be seen in the rise of issues such as terrorism as well as wider 'complex emergencies' on the international security agenda. Moreover, the conceptual lenses for examining these questions of (in)security have increased. This has given rise to new referent objects of security and a wider security agenda which includes issues such as identity, genocide and the environment. 

Teaching and assessment

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Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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.


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