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LAW8230 : Global Security Law (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elliot Winter
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


• To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the international regimes applicable to key contemporary security issues;
• To provide students with an awareness of the historical and political factors against which the regimes have developed and the various actors involved;
• To enable students to critically assess the various responses taken by the international community to security issues;
• To enable students to identify future security issues;
• To provide an exposition of how violations of the law are identified and enforced; and to consider the limitations inherent in this context;
• To develop students’ capacity for critical analysis and problem solving;
• To develop students’ research skills through the preparation of coursework and class presentations;
• To encourage student-driven learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline Of Syllabus (a selection of these topics, and potentially some others, will be drawn on for coverage each year):
• Environmental Security
• Maritime Security
• Cyberspace Security
• Outer Space Security
• Energy Security
• Water Security
• Food Security
• Financial Infrastructure Security

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00A combination of online materials, podcasts and blog posts will be published on each topic.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00In person workshops (Flex: could be delivered as on-line Zoom seminars)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1101:00110:00Own reading and revision of substantive module content, with directed readings in advance of seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Four one-hour Q and A sessions placed throughout the module. In-person, FLEX to move online.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The seminar-based model provides an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and thorough discussion of the matters under consideration, allowing for the examination of detailed issues and the contribution of all students in the group.

Students are required to undertake in-depth preparation, including by undertaking independent research, and to develop and present legal arguments to the group by reference to academic commentary, the law and the jurisprudence. This allows students to develop research and analytical skills, to develop substantial legal arguments, and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the complexities and impact derived from the interaction between different legal orders on the status of individuals.

The drop-in sessions are strategically positioned to assist students.

The teaching methods have been adapted for delivery in the post-COVID environment and are based on the
presumption that in person sessions will be possible but that this shall need to be supplemented by making alternative arrangements under ‘FLEX’ in case of the possibility of more limited on Campus teaching.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1352A100Inspera Digital Exam. 3 out of 6 questions
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2AAnswer one question.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides an important incentive for students to establish substantial knowledge in the subject. The examination tests the demonstration of knowledge and understanding by applying the skills that need to be developed over the whole module. The examination provides a means for testing students' ability to analyse, synthesise, deploy critical judgement and evaluate alternative arguments. It also allows candidates to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a broad range of topics within the syllabus.

The formative examination provides students with an opportunity to write a response on the subject and to get feedback on this.

Alternative assessment for exam: if the exam cannot take place due to public health circumstances, it will be replaced with a 24 hour take home exam.

Reading Lists