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IR4546   The Psychology of International Security

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Wed

This module will examine the role of psychological factors as they relate to international security. The field of psychology offers sophisticated and compelling accounts of the sources of human perception and behaviour. By applying psychological theories to the context of international security, we gain new insight into long-standing security issues, such as the security dilemma, terrorism, and the calculation of risks and benefits in decisions to go to war. Particular attention will be paid to perceptions and misperceptions, security policy-making, inter-group conflict and conflict-resolution, and the role of leaders' personalities in shaping their security preferences and behaviours.

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 2-hour seminar (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: 3-hour Written Examination = 20%, Coursework = 80%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 20%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 80%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 20%, Coursework = 80%


Module teaching staff: Dr R Beasley