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Module Title LH Critical Approaches to Security
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 22991
Module Lead Dr Moore
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1 or 2
Pre-requisites LI International Security - (08 20903) LI International Relations Theory - (08 20900)
Restrictions Optional for 3rd year students studying: BA Political Science, BA Political Economy, BA International Relations, BA International Studies with Political Science, BA International Studies with Economics, BA International Studies with Language
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module investigates different critical approaches to analysing security dynamics and issues in International Relations. It seeks to encourage students to reflect on the analytical and ethical assumptions that shape the ways in which security is thought about and practiced in contemporary global politics. Furthermore, the module encourages students to think critically about how security functions in global politics. It explores the key concepts of critical security studies (security, community, emancipation and representation), and looks at a variety of critical perspectives on security (including the `Welsh School¿, poststructuralist and feminist approaches). These insights are then examined in light of contemporary security issues (including war, intervention, WMD, environmental change, human rights, poverty and religion).
Learning Outcomes By the end of this module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key theoretical and conceptual debates about security, particularly from critical perspectives.
  • Critically evaluate literature addressing the question of security in International Relations.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the ways in which critical theoretical insights might be applied to particular issues and regions.
  • Use critical insights and approaches to analyse specific empirical issues or case studies.
Assessment 22991-01 : 3000 Word Essy : Coursework (50%)
22991-03 : Exam 3 hours : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1 x 1000-word article review (25%);
1 x 3 Hour Exam (75%)

Reassessment: None
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