Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3074: The West and its Fears: Security Studies - Part Two

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

Cristiana Olcese (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 contemporary dilemmas created by the security practices of the liberal state. You will have the opportunity to examine a range of real-world security practices, including: drone warfare, radicalisation, border security, privacy and surveillance, and disease. 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. You may, however, find it beneficial to take ‘Security Studies: The West and its Fears, Part One’.

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