International Security

Second year module

Lecturer: Dr Lorenzo CladiProfessor Stefan Wolff

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 first term is devoted to surveying the different theoretical and conceptual approaches to security. The second term involves focus on one major security topic each week, including terrorism, weapons proliferation, intra-state conflict and state failure.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of issues related to war, peace and security      within contemporary international society.
  • Use relevant theoretical frameworks to analyse issues of war, peace and security in different parts of the world.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts in international security.


  • Term One: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 2 hour examination (50%)



Note: This is a pre-requisite for the final year module POLS 310 Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy. If you wish to take POLS 330 Critical Approaches to Security in your final year there is a pre-requisite of either POLS 218 International Security or POLS 214 International Relations Theory.