European Security

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Lorenzo Cladi

The module examines the development of European security in the post-Cold War period. It does so by focusing on (a) the role of key security institutions in Europe (b) the enduring importance of the 'Big three' member states of the EU and (c) key international relations (IR) theories which have been used to understand European security in the post-Cold War period as well as to predict its future development.

The module will then move on to tackle prominent internal and external European security issues. In particular, the module will look at issues such as the Euro crisis and its repercussions for European security, terrorism and organized crime. Moreover, the module will focus on important European security issues stemming from transatlantic relations, the role of a resurgent Russia and the Middle East.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to draw conceptual conclusions from historical and emerging security challenges in Europe
  • Drawn upon theoretical insights from the International Relations  literature in order to analyse security challenges
  • Think about issues in a multi-disciplinary and policy-relevant fashion.


  • Term One: 1 x 3,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 3 hour examination (50%)