Contemporary Security Challenges

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

Modular value: 20 credits
Semester 2

This module will offer you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the sources, dynamics and consequences of contemporary security. The module will analyse contemporary threats to security, including those associated with political violence at the sub-state and international levels, and the challenges that they pose to governments and international organisations concerned with security.

Learning Outcomes

  • To introduce practical challenges to security in theory and practice
  • To explore the sources and nature of political violence in the context of security studies
  • To examine the manifestations of contemporary political violence
  • To examine the policy and other responses of key actors to contemporary political violence and other security challenges


1 x 3,000-word essay (75%), 1 x 1,000 essay (25%)

Related course: 

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.