International Security

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

Second year module

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%)

Related courses:

The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.