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IR5036 Critical Security Studies

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:10.00 am -11.00 am Mon

This module will examine the challenge to traditional conceptions of security presented by the emergence of Critical Security Studies since the end of the Cold War. Students will explore what it means to study the concept and practice of security from a critical perspective. They will examine the various theoretical traditions that have informed critical security studies and the methodological implications for the analysis of different types of security contexts, ranging from alliance relations, terrorism, the environment, migration, famine, etc.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for International Security Studies

Optional for International Relations MRes Programme. Optional for other Postgraduate Taught Programmes within the School.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial.

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
Re-assessment:re-sit and/or re-submission


Module coordinator:Dr C Gentry
Module teaching staff: