The module provides an overview of the main security challenges facing the world today. Drawing on classic and contemporary literature from International Relations and other academic disciplines, together with case studies, we consider such questions as: what are the main threats to security today and in the near future? What is the nature of these threats? From what and against whom? How might they be addressed? The module examines these questions in the context of the policy options that may be available. For students enrolled in the MSc International Security and Risk degree, the issue-based approach in Contemporary Security Challenges complements the theory- driven approach in the module Security Theory.
Aims and Objectives
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to solve problems in groups and individually
- Demonstrate the ability to appraise the major security challenges dominating world affairs today.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and present policy options at national and international levels
Drawing on a wide span of interdisciplinary research and information, Contemporary Security Challenges examines key security issues affecting global security. Through a series of in-depth, research-led seminars, students will have opportunities to explore the core security issues through a number of case studies and simulations. The topics to be covered are likely to include war and conflict, nuclear weapons, terrorism, cyber threats, the UN, drone violence, disease and security, the environment and climate change, and intelligence and the surveillance state.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Student learning will be achieved through a combination of interactive lectures, group-based tutorial discussions and debates, case studies, simulations and independent study. Learning activities and assignments are designed to encourage critical thinking, intellectual autonomy and evidence-based argument.
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Stephen Van Evera. Causes of War: Power and the Roots of Conflict.
Ken Booth, ed (1998). Statecraft and Security. The Cold War and Beyond. Cambridge University Press.
Emanuel Adler and Michael Barnett, eds (1998). Security Communities. Cambridge University Press.
Michael Doyle. Ways of war and peace. London: Norton.
Barry Buzan and Lene Harrison (2009). The Evolution of International Security Studies. CUP.
J Grieco, J Ikenberry, M Mastanduno, eds (2015). Introduction to International Relations. Palgrave.
Barry Buzan (1991). People, States and Fear. Harvester Wheatsheaf.
Michael Klare and Y Chandrani (1998). World Security: Challenges for a New Century. St Martin’s Press.
Michael Doyle. Ways of War and Peace. London: Norton.
Peter Hough (2008). Understanding Global Security. Routledge.
P.D. Williams, ed (2012). Security Studies: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
Barry Buzan and Ole Weaver. Regions and Powers. Cambridge University Press.
John Baylis, James Wirtz, Colin S. Gray (2012). Strategy in the Contemporary World. Oxford University Press.
Sean Lynn-Jones and Steven Miller (eds.) (1995). Global Dangers: Changing Dimensions of International Security. MIT press.
Alan Collins, eds., (2012). Contemporary Security Studies. Oxford University Press.
R.M. Price (2004). The UN and Global Security.
Stuart Croft and Terry Terriff, eds (2000). Critical Reflections on Security and Change. Frank Cass.
J. Ann Tickner (1992). Gender and International Relations. Cornell University Press.
Edward .Kolodiej (2005). Security and International Relations. CUP.
Richard K Betts (2012). Conflict After the Cold War. Pearson.
Michael Clarke (ed.), (1995). New Perspectives on Security. Brassey’s.
Barry Buzan, Ole Waever, and Jaap de Wilde (1998). Security. A New Framework for Analysis. Lynne Reinner.
Lawrence Freedman, ed., (1994). War. Oxford University Press.
Students will be assessed through an essay and case study.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External