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PO966 - Concepts and Theories of International Security

  • Module code: PO966
  • Module name: Concepts and Theories of International Security
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 40

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aims of the module are: To provide an overview of debates regarding security in international relations; To offer a thorough grounding in different theoretical approaches to the study and practice of security in international relations; To provide an outline of different images of security in international relations that have affected contemporary security practices; To enable students to engage the theoretical and conceptual frameworks developed in this module in relation to particular empirical security issues/ cases in international relations.

Principal learning outcomes

To understand the significance of examining fundamental questions of security in international relations: whose security (referent); who provides security; from what threats; and by what means?; To examine the implications of debates about security theory for contemporary security practices in international relations; To evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the various theoretical approaches to security introduced in the module; To evaluate the impact as well as strengths and weaknesses of the images of security introduced in the module; To enable students to analyse critically complex ideas, both orally and in writing, in relation to issues influencing contemporary debates about security; To encourage students to develop the ability to work both independently and as part of group; To allow students to develop library and IT-based research skills through independent research and preparation for class.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2 hour seminar per week in Terms 1 & 2

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studymasters/pgmodules/po966

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
40 CATS (Module code: PO966-40)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 17%
Assessed Course Work 33%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93H) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Security (M9PC) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M9PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M9PW) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M9PX) - Year 2
Optional
  • Postgraduate Taught Politics (M1P0) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Political Economy (M1P3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Politics and East Asia (M1P8) - Year 2
  • MA in International Politics and Europe (M1PA) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91F) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92K) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93H) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Relations (M9P9) - Year 2
  • MA in Globalisation and Development (M9PB) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Public Policy (M9PF) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught United States Foreign Policy (M9PQ) - Year 2
  • MA in International Development (M9PT) - Year 2
  • MA in Research in Politics and International Studies (M9PU) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M9PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M9PX) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Politics and International Studies: Big Data and Quantitative Methods (M9PY) - Year 2