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.
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
* 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)
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
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