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Module

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
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

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.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable