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IR5001 International Security

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
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.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for International Security Studies Postgraduate Programme.

Optional for International Relations MRes Programme

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar.

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :3-hour Written Examination = 40%, Midterm Examination = 20%, Coursework = 40%
Re-assessment:re-sit and/or re-submission


Module coordinator:Dr H Tamm
Module teaching staff: