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PAIR6002 Contemporary Security Challenges

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

• Appraise the major security problems which dominate world affairs today. • Evaluate the notion of security in the evolution of the global system. • Analyse the policy options available at national and international levels. • Solve problems in groups and reflect on group process through a written piece of formative work.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems in groups and individually

Syllabus

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.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study176
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Barry Buzan (1991). People, States and Fear. 

J Grieco, J Ikenberry, M Mastanduno, eds (2015). Introduction to International Relations. 

Michael Doyle. Ways of War and Peace. 

Stuart Croft and Terry Terriff, eds (2000). Critical Reflections on Security and Change. 

P.D. Williams, ed (2012). Security Studies: An Introduction. 

J. Ann Tickner (1992). Gender and International Relations. 

Barry Buzan and Lene Harrison (2009). The Evolution of International Security Studies. 

Barry Buzan, Ole Waever, and Jaap de Wilde (1998). Security. A New Framework for Analysis. 

Emanuel Adler and Michael Barnett, eds (1998). Security Communities. 

Ken Booth, ed (1998). Statecraft and Security. The Cold War and Beyond. 

R.M. Price (2004). The UN and Global Security. 

John Baylis, James Wirtz, Colin S. Gray (2012). Strategy in the Contemporary World. 

Michael Klare and Y Chandrani (1998). World Security: Challenges for a New Century. 

Richard K Betts (2012). Conflict After the Cold War. 

Lawrence Freedman, ed., (1994). War. 

Barry Buzan and Ole Weaver. Regions and Powers. 

Michael Clarke (ed.), (1995). New Perspectives on Security. 

Michael Doyle. Ways of war and peace. 

Sean Lynn-Jones and Steven Miller (eds.) (1995). Global Dangers: Changing Dimensions of International Security. 

Alan Collins, eds., (2012). Contemporary Security Studies. 

Peter Hough (2008). Understanding Global Security. 

Edward .Kolodiej (2005). Security and International Relations. 

Stephen Van Evera. Causes of War: Power and the Roots of Conflict. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Students will be assessed through an essay and case study.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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