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IR4522   Critical Approaches to International Security

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Both

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 1.00 pm Tues

This module will analyse the various challenges to the concept of international security since the end of the Cold War, facilitate critical thinking about the changing meaning of security as it relates to different modes of theoretical analysis, and critically analyse the re-emergence of an emphasis on security as the threat and use of force since 11 September 2001.

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: 46

Guided independent study hours: 254

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr A J Ferhani
Module teaching staff: Dr Adam Ferhani

Intended learning outcomes

  • provide students with an understanding of the environmental discourse as well as an overview of the main wicked problem issues that shape current debates;
  • allow students to analyse (and compare in different settings) unique and characteristic features in environmental problem-solving;
  • help students identify relevant concepts, ideologies, actors and political contexts involved in environmental politics;
  • make students aware of the shared as well as setting-specific dilemmas in environmental politics and policy;
  • and help students evaluate the link (or rather: gap) between environmental policy intentions and reality.