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IR3025   International Security

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Fri 10am

This module provides a general overview of international security affairs using a variety of conceptual perspectives, ranging from orthodox realist and liberal approaches to more recent critical theories. On the one hand, it will cover traditional issues of security studies such as the offence-defence balance, alliance formation, or collective security. On the other hand, it will introduce students to the 'new security agenda' involving issues such as societal security, environment, public health, and related problems.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3500 word Reading Journals = 50%, 1 x 2000 word Literature Review = 20%, 1 x 3500 word Essay = 30%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%


Module coordinator: Dr H A C Marshall
Module teaching staff: Module Coordinator: Dr Holly Marshall