Subject details

  • Topics
    • States & International Relations;
    • Theorizing International Relations
    • Security & Securitization;
    • Military Threats from Inter-State Wars
    • Military Threats from Non-State Actors
    • Economic & Social Threats to Security
    • Environment & Health Threats to Security;
    • Environmental and economic security
    • Accidents & Natural Disasters;
    • Crime & Insecurity
    • International Relations in a Globalizing World
    • Global Governance & Global Security
    • Future of Security Studies
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:

  1. understand and analyse international politics and security and strategic studies
  2. demonstrate a good grasp of public policy, especially the processes and structures of decision-making in the area of international security
  3. identify the issues and questions most important to you, which will help you to focus your reading.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MUR-POL291
  • MUR-PTR291

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as POL291 International Security Studies.

This subject defines international security broadly to incorporate political, societal, military, environmental, economic and technological factors. After examining the competing theories of international politics and different conceptions of security, the focus shifts to the post-Cold War international system and especially the roles of the Subjected Nations and international law in international security. It utilises case studies from various regions to explain the changing dimensions of security.

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