International Security - POLI6710

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This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22

Private study hours: 128

Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

* Writing assignment, 750 words, 10%
* Essay, 2500 words, 40%
* Exam, 2 hours, 50%

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

* Baylis, J. Wirtz, J, Cohen, E & Gray C. (2012). Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies, 4th ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

* Collins, A. (ed.) (2010) Contemporary Security Studies, 2nd edition,. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

* 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)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Have a detailed knowledge and understanding of traditional and critical approaches to security studies, and their significance to the study of international relations

2 apply different approaches within security studies to a wide and diverse area of international security especially contemporary threats

3 apply concepts of security studies to specific case studies.

4 Have developed a critical understanding of the key literature in security studies


  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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