Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2087: Security Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

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

Module Aims

This module will:

  • Introduce you to mainstream and critical perspectives on security practices in liberal democracies;
  • Encourage you to reflect on the meaning of ‘security’ and the normative implications of seeking security;
  • Train you in the skills to evaluate and constructively critique peers’ work.

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. Describe, contrast and analyse some competing theoretical perspectives on the meaning and practice of security in liberal democracies
2. Apply theoretical approaches to the analysis of empirical and normative issues related to security practices in liberal democracies, and display a competent awareness of the limitations and implications of each perspective
3. Use evidence to explain and defend the adoption of a particular theoretical and conceptual approach to the analysis of a security practice or issue
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Construct a logical academic argument supported by evidence
5. Apply on abstract theoretical approaches to new contexts in order to make sense of real world problems
6. Identify and apply a conceptual framework from some academic sources in order to answer an essay question, then explain the choice of this framework
Personal and Key Skills7. Formulate and present information and critical analysis in both written and oral forms in a coherent manner
8. Understand assessment criteria, engage in constructive peer-evaluation, produce feedback and develop suggestions for improvement.
9. Work effectively with peers in order to present ideas and facilitate discussions