European Security Co-operation - POLI5990

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


This module places the contemporary developments in European security integration within a historical context while focusing on institutional formation and the role of nation-states with the view to highlight continuities and changes constituted in the new Security Architecture. The module locates (Western) Europe’s place in international security vis-à-vis other actors including the United States and emerging powers in order to determine what type of security identity Europe has carved for itself in the post-War period. The module further considers the implications of cooperation for Europe’s ability to respond to external New Security Challenges.


Contact hours

11 lectures and 11 seminars

Method of assessment

100% coursework - Group presentation 15%; critical review essay (1000 words) 20%; essay (3000 words) 65%

Indicative reading

Aybet G (2001). The Dynamics of European Security Co-operation 1945-1991
Cottey, A. (2012). Security in 21st Century Europe
Jones, S. G. (2007) The Rise of European Security Cooperation
Marsh, S and Rees W. (2011). The European Union in the Security of Europe

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will demonstrate:
- A systematic understanding of the origins of European integration and the development of European security policies, especially during the Cold War.
- A critical evaluation of the making of policies which have indirect and undesired outcomes in the sphere of security cooperation and the motives behind the creation of security institutions
- The ability to critically analyse documents from international organisations relating to the development of European security identifying the links between European internal security and the international security architecture
- The ability to analyse current issues in European security, placed within the context of its historical development, and to identify solutions to regional and international security challenges.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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