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PO381 - Critical Security Studies

  • Module code: PO381
  • Module name: Critical Security Studies
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

*Provide an advanced level discussion of key contemporary theoretical debates about the meaning of security in international relations; *Allow students to identify and explore ‘new’ issues on the global security agenda through a 'critical' lens; *Encourage critical thinking about the meaning and practice of security Develop student abilities to present a well-made, coherent and logically consistent argument supported by a coherent theoretical framework; *Enhance student research skills through the collection and analysis of information from a wide range of sources.

Principal learning outcomes

*Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the theoretical and conceptual debates associated with ‘critical security studies’ and their relation to ‘traditional’ security studies; *Assess the strengths and weaknesses of different critical approaches to the study of security; *Locate the critical study of security within broader debates in International Security and International Relations; *Demonstrate familiarity with the range of contemporary issues that could be conceptualised as security threats; *Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary dynamics and politization of security.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is divided into one 1 hour lecture and one 1 hour seminar per week in terms 1 and 2.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studyundergrad/ugmodules/po381

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO381-30)
A (Assessed work only) First 3000 word essay 50%
  Second 3000 word essay 50%
C (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word essay 50%
  1.5hr examination 50%
VA (Visiting students only) Assessed work for visiting/exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LM1H) - Year 4
Optional
  • Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants (L100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (L103) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants (L116) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (L117) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LM1H) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics (with Intercalated Year) (M101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (M160) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M161) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (M164) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (M166) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (with Intercalated Year) (M167) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M16B) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (without Year Abroad) (M16D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (without Year Abroad) (M16H) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics with French (M1RC) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (with Intercalated year) (ML14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (with Year Abroad) (X3Q6) - Year 4