INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE - 2017/8
Module code: POLM016
CHAPPELL LC Dr (Politics)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Seminar Hours: 22
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY (2000 WORDS)||40|
|Coursework||ESSAY (3000 WORDS)||60|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module expands and develops upon the issue of international security, as introduced in other modules. It begins by providing a background to the study of security and defence. This leads into a consideration of contemporary themes and their inter-relation including the various security and defence actors from international, regional and sub-regional organisations to NGOs and private military companies
Provide students with an opportunity to consider, analyse and debate a range of key current issues in international politics
Develop a critical understanding of complex issues in international politics
Apply relevant International Relations theories to the analysis of contemporary events
Develop skills in researching fast-moving contemporary political issues, using periodicals, databases, newspapers, etc.
Develop critical debating and argumentation skills
|Understand and critically analyse complex security and defence issues in contemporary international politics||KCT|
|Understand and utilise a range of theories which can be applied to the study of contemporary security and defence issues||KC|
|Understand and assess the challenges which different state and non-state actors face in the new security environment and the tasks emanating from these||KCPT|
|Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources on security and defence to construct a reasoned argument||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Topics are likely to include:
Introduction: What do we mean by security?
The study and causes of war – an overview of the theoretical landscape in security and defence and the weaknesses and strengths of the various approaches
The role of the UN, NATO, the EU and ECOWAS in security and defence
An assessment of non-state actors, in particular the impact of NGOs and private-military companies in the security field.
Defence reform in the post-Cold War era
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Ensure that students are well prepared for class by providing the key literature which connects with the core debates.
Enable all students to participate in the discussion. Hence a range of techniques are used including whole glass and small group discussions and debates.
Develop students’ presentation skills through student presentations as well as reporting back from seminar discussions.
Ensure that all students connect with the topic being discussed and can understand and utilise the key analytical arguments to explain/understand them.
The learning and teaching methods include: Seminars, presentations, group work, prescribed reading, independent study
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their theoretical and empirical knowledge of a particular topic by enabling them to apply relevant International Relations theories to complex issues in international politics. The assessment pattern enables students to analyse and critique two areas in more depth and to make evident their ability to conduct research and construct a reasoned argument. Hence the assessment strategy is closely aligned to the module aims and learning outcomes as specified above.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Essay 1 (2000 words) – 40%
Essay 2 (3000 words) – 60%
Reading list for INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/polm016
Programmes this module appears in
|International Relations MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.