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IR4561 Security as Ethics: Rethinking the Global Polity

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm Tue

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, and faced with new types of threats and insecurities, questions of ethics or how we should act, which rely on some notion of who 'we' are, become more complex. This module seeks to analyse a number of seemingly intractable global security problems, relating, among others, to health, the environment, migration and political violence, from a different angle and to explore the implications for how we should act in the world to ensure a secure and sustainable future. The module will be structured around Burke and Nymans, eds., Ethical Security Studies (2016) and a range of complementary texts.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA Int Hons International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture (x 11 weeks), 1-hour tutorial (x 9 weeks) 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof K Fierke
Module teaching staff:Prof K Fierke