Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM060: Global Security

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the major theoretical approaches to security, as well as to the major international security issues. . In providing you with theoretical and empirical insights into the character of global security, the module aims to assist you in the development of your own perspectives and theories. The main objective is to make students use the most pertinent theoretical/analytical framework when reflecting on security problems.

Teaching and learning will take place in a supportive and interactive environment where all students will be expected to engage fully with their peers as well as working independently. The assessment is designed so as to enhance students’ ability to tailor their writing style to specific audience – they have to write an academic essay and an op-ed.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. compare, contrast and synthesise detailed knowledge of analytical frameworks and debates within the study of global security;
2. apply that knowledge of debates within the study of global security to develop your own intellectual tools with which to analyse security issues and concerns;
3. confidently articulate your own ethical and political positions on questions of global security;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. critically analyse both empirical and theoretical material relevant to the study and practice of international politics;
5. deploy theoretical arguments from the field of international relations and apply them to empirical case studies and issues;
Personal and Key Skills6. identify and critically evaluate advanced research monographs and articles as well as major policy texts;
7. formulate your own reasoned arguments and communicate them logically and coherently in speech and in writing;
8. work independently and with peers to achieve goals;
9. write differently to different audiences