International Security - PO671

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR T Aistrope







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:

Contact hours

11 lectures and 11 seminars

Method of assessment

50% coursework (2500 word essay (40%), 750 word writing assignment (10%)), 50% exam (2hr)

Indicative reading

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 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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