European Security

School: School of Government and Society
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 40 credits
Duration: All Year
Teaching: 2 hours per week

Lecturer: Oscar Pardo Sierra

The aim of this course is to provide students with a Masters level understanding of the major concepts and issues that define contemporary debates about European Security.

The course will examine several different approaches to thinking about security and explore how helpful they are in understanding contemporary events and processes in post-Cold War European security. As well as providing students with an appreciation of the different theoretical approaches to studying European security, the course then applies these insights in order to better understand:

  • the roles played by the major  institutions of the post-Cold War European security order (NATO, EU and OSCE);
  • a range of specific contemporary issues (the wars in the Balkans, environmental degradation, energy security and immigration as security issues).
  • the perspectives of the major state actors (France, Germany, the UK, Russia and the US – including an analysis of the developing transatlantic relationship after 911 and the issue of National Ballistic Missile Defence); and
  • European Security concerns as they relate to three sub-regions of the continent (the EU’s and Russia’s common ‘near abroad’ in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine; Northern Europe; and the Mediterranean/Middle East.


  • Term one 1 x 5000 word essay 50%
  • Term two 1 x 5000 word essay 50%

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The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.