Undergraduate Module Descriptor


POC2087: Security Studies, Part One

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level6
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Owen Thomas (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

Yes

This module will introduce you to the field of Security Studies, allowing you critically engage with a range of contemporary practices in the contemporary international system that are performed in the name of security. Popular and official discourse in contemporary international relations is littered with references to a need to protect and improve ‘security’? But what does that mean? How does an actor practice ‘security’? Does seeking more security make us less insecure? And is there a tension between securities and liberties? In this module, we will examine different theoretical and conceptual understandings of security and of security practices in international relations. You will have the opportunity to examine a range of issues, including: the politics and ethics of nuclear deterrence, the strategy of warfare, the ethics of torture and human rights, security and race, security and gender, the role of technology and the pre-emptive security practices of the War on Terror.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.

Module created

12/06/2015

Last revised

20/03/2017