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Contemporary Global Security.

The international system, states, and human lives are all shaped by the politics of contemporary global security. Since the end of the Cold War and its focus on superpower conflict, the subject of security has been challenged and broadened to incorporate issues such as the environment, health and economic (in)security. This module introduces you to two of the most central debates in post-Cold War Security studies. Firstly, what is security? Secondly, how do we know what security is (not)?

It introduces state-of-the-art theoretical debates in security studies to help you to critically analyse and make sense of contemporary global security politics. You will then explore key contemporary themes and issues on global conflict and security, while continuing to develop your conceptual and theoretical grounding. This module therefore examines a wide range of contemporary global security challenges from theoretically and historically informed perspectives.


This module is typically taught through a variety of means, including weekly 2-hour seminars, over the semester.

During 2017-18, students on this module have participated in academic seminars and applied their knowledge in a series of workshops, including engaging with a series of scholars at the top of the field about how to research contemporary global security, which students then applied in their own research projects, covering a wide range of topics including the use of targeted killing in war, cyber security and cyber threats, the relationship between water security and conflict, and the securitization of wildlife trafficking.


The module is typically assessed through two pieces of individual coursework.

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