International Security

Second year module

Lecturer: Adam Quinn

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.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Discuss a range of key concepts, theoretical explanations and historical and contemporary events and trends in so far as they relate to important questions about war, peace and security. 
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of issues related to war, peace and security within contemporary international society. 
  • Use the relevant theoretical frameworks to analyse issues of war, peace and security in different parts of the world. 
  • Demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the key concepts in international security.


  • 1 x 3 hour exam (50%)
  • 2 x 1500 word assessed work (25% each)