This module provides an introduction to the various approaches to security studies by way of introducing key thinkers, the key literature. Its core aim is to provide a solid theoretical and conceptual grounding for students interested in the diversity of issues, institutions and actors engaged in the practice of international security.
This module appears in the following module collections.
11 lectures and 11 seminars
Method of assessment
50% coursework (2500 word essay (40%), 750 word writing assignment (10%)), 50% exam (2hr)
Peoples, C & Vaughan-Williams, N. (2010). Critical Security Studies: An Introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
Williams, Paul (ed) (2008) Security Studies: An Introduction, Routledge.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successful completion of this module, students will:
- Have a detailed knowledge and understanding of traditional and critical approaches to security studies, and their significance to the study of international relations
- Be able to apply different approaches within security studies to a wide and diverse area of international security especially contemporary threats
- Be able to apply concepts of security studies to specific case studies.
- Have developed a critical understanding of the key literature in security studies
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