Undergraduate Modules

Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security & Global Politics

In today’s globalized world, infectious diseases and other health issues have increasingly come to be seen as security threats – a shift that has challenged traditional notions of what ‘Security Studies’ is all about. This module seeks to provide an understanding of the contemporary politics of health and security, identifying the health issues which have been seen as security threats and the major policy responses to them. The module locates health and disease within the key approaches to Security Studies (including state-centric and human security approaches), and requires students to critically engage with the politics and ethics of securitizing health.

Third Year Module
Semester One
Module Code POL3139


  • 11 two-hour seminars


  • 3000 word essay
  • 1000 word essay