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M12005 Global Security
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  15/16

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 2

Target Students:  Single and Joint Honours students in Politics & IR.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module explores issues in global security since the end of the Cold War. It focuses on security in a broad sense, from issues relating to the use of force by states, through to violence by non-state actors, such as terrorist groups, and on to the concept of human security. International Relations theories that shed light on the study of international security will be studied in the module. The module builds on the first year modules Understanding Global Politics and Problems in Global Politics, challenging students to deepen their theoretical as well as empirical knowledge in international security. It is also a preparation for the research-led third year modules that require a much more developed capacity of analysing empirical developments from a range of different theoretical perspectives.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks2 per week1 hour
Seminar 11 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 1 x 5000 word essay 

Convenor: 
Professor G Rees

Education Aims:   to introduce students to different theoretical approaches in global security; to facilitate an understanding of the empirical development of global security since the end of the Cold War; to investigate the breadth of issues within the field of global security; to prepare students theoretically for advanced Level 3 modules in IR;

Learning Outcomes:  

a) knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to
demonstrate knowledge of the subject of global security and how issues and theories can be interpreted in different ways (to be assessed by a 3000 word essay and a two-hour exam);
demonstrate a knowledge of the appropriate literatures in relation to international security studies;
b) Intellectual skills
Assess a variety of approaches and methods for the study of global security.
Think reflectively and critically about the connection between theory and empirical analysis.
Demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate literatures in relation to this subject area.
c) Professional and practical skills
Develop advanced writing skills under exam conditions (50% of assessment).
Carry out independent research, evaluate data and communicate a structured argument succinctly and clearly in a 2,000 word essay (50% of assessment).
Practice developing logical, well-informed and convincing verbal arguments through weekly seminar discussions and debate as individuals and in groups.
d) transferable (key) skills
Deal with complex data to produce convincing written arguments expressed clearly and succinctly.
Think decisively and confidently under pressure to produce strong written arguments.
Develop analytical ability to pinpoint key salient points.
Show team work skills.
Show enthusiasm and willingness to learn new information and the motivation to apply this knowledge.

Offering School:  Politics and International Relations


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