Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2087: Security Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Shubranshu Mishra (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


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.

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