Module Catalogue 2020/21

POL2110 : Security Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Katharine A. M. Wright
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
POL1032Key Concepts in International Politics
Pre Requisite Comment

Students must have studied at least 1 Politics module at stage 1

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This course will consider the concept of security in the study of international relations. The module aims to equip students with knowledge of different approaches to security and consider how these relate to debates within Security Studies as sub discipline of International Relations.

The module deploys this conceptual vocabulary to examine a range of issues in international security of historical and contemporary significance, and considers how they support or challenge competing approaches to security.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is security? What can we know about security? Security is a contested concept and this module explores various different approaches to the study of security. It will consider questions such as: What does it mean to center the individual as the referent object of security? Is security desirable? Is security possible? How are race and empire implicated in security? Is security a gendered concept? What is the cost of state security to the individual? Students will consider different conceptualisations of security drawn from debates within Security Studies and will examine how they could be used to account for (in)security. Students will also be exposed to a range of empirical examples of new security challenges which could include climate change, health pandemics, the UN Women, Peace and Security agenda, climate change, and asylum and immigration.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Intended knowledge outcomes include:
1.       An understanding of how the study of security relates to International Relations.
2.       An understanding of the key conceptual approaches to the study of international security
3.       An understanding of historically significant and new security challenges of the contemporary period

Intended Skill Outcomes

Intended Skills Outcomes       Intended skill outcomes include:
1. To develop written communication through assessment
2. To develop critical and analytical ability
3. To enable students to analyse, understand and think critically about international security

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.