Total Credits: 20
Level: Level 2
Target Students: Single and Joint Honours students in Politics & IR. Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
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:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||11 weeks||2 per week||1 hour|
|Seminar||11 weeks||1 per week||1 hour|
Method of Assessment:
|Coursework 1||100||1 x 5000 word essay|
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;
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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