Subject details

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.
    • 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

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MUR-POL291
  • MUR-PTR291


Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject. This subject is also equivalent to PTR291 International Security Studies.

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.

  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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