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IR5001   International Security

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: one of 10.00 am - 12.00 noon Wed or 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Thu - In week 1 Thu session changed to Tue 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.

This module introduces students to important issues and significant debates in security studies. We begin by examining the nature of war, strategy, and alliances. We then analyze the structure and impact of military power, including both conventional and nuclear weapons. We then probe the causes of interstate war, from domestic politics to the structure of the state system, to bargaining models. Finally, we turn to domestic conflict and delve into the dynamics of insurgency, counterinsurgency, and peacekeeping.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 40%, Midterm Examination = 20%, Coursework = 40%

Re-assessment: re-sit and/or re-submission


Module coordinator: Dr H Tamm