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Security Issues in Global Politics

20 Credits

The Security Issues in Global Politics course engages students with the study of security and stability as concepts within International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Thought. The course will focus on security as a concept that goes beyond the mere balance of power within the international arena.

Security in this course is defined as a broad concept that relates not only to the armed forces and armed conflicts (i.e. how countries use war to achieve security). It will also engage with issues such as minority rights, terrorism, migration, poverty, climate change, disease, organised crime and other international social problems, thus reflecting the focal engagement of the programme with global citizenship.

Besides analysing fundamental issues that pertain to security in international relations, this course will also examine what security means at an individual level, how the issue is resolved and how concepts such as the “national interest” shape modern democracies. In short, security will not be understood solely as a concern about states, but also as a core value and an individual right.

The Security Issues in Global Politics course is taught through a series of 12 seminars with fewer than 15 students in the class. In addition to seminars, students will attend the Guest Lecture Series (lectures with questions and answer sessions) to broaden their knowledge of key developments and trends in the study of Global Politics. To complete the course, students will be expected to undertake 200 hours of structured study as commensurate with the requirements of a 20-credit postgraduate course. The course is assessed through one three-hour unseen written examination.

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