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.
11 lectures and 11 seminars
Method of assessment
100% coursework - Group presentation 15%; critical review essay (1000 words) 20%; essay (3000 words) 65%
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)
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.
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