Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2087: Security Studies, Part One

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Aneta Brockhill (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Popular and official discourse in contemporary liberal democracies is littered with references to a need to protect and improve ‘security’? But what does that mean? How does a liberal democracy like the UK practice ‘security’? Does seeking more security make us less insecure? And is there a tension between securities and liberties? In this module, we will examine different theoretical and conceptual understandings of security and of security practices in liberal democracies. You will have the opportunity to examine a range of issues, including: the politics and ethics of nuclear deterrence, the strategy of warfare, the ethics of torture and human rights, security and race, security and gender and the pre-emptive security practices of the War on Terror. Throughout the module we will also consider how the security practices of the liberal state might be transformed.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.

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