Level of study Second Year
Credit value 20
Semester 1 and 2
Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin
The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and theoretical approaches central to understanding and analysing international security issues in the contemporary world.
The module will examine a variety of theoretical and empirical material that will provide students with the basis for analysing pressing questions relating to issues of war, peace and security in the world today. The topics explored in the module will include theoretical approaches to war, peace and security; the causes of war; the changing nature of warfare; the use of military force; genocide and ethnic cleansing; United Nations peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention; legal and moral restraints on war, weapons of mass destruction; pacifism and non-violent resistance; the arms trade and military industrial complex.
Teaching and learning methods
These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.
This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 1,500 word summative essays (25% each), plus 3 hour examination (50%)