Undergraduate Modules

Contemporary Security Challenges

This module examines a series of key contemporary challenges to international security. It addresses debates about the changing nature of security, analyses some of the causes of conflict and the development of new security threats, and assesses some of the ways in which states seek to manage these threats. A range of approaches are examined in order to provide students with a theoretically-informed but policy-relevant understanding of security-related issues in the twenty-first century.

Second Year Module
Semester Two
Module Code POL230


  • 12 one-hour lectures
  • 12 one-hour seminars


  • Two 2000 word essays