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Module

POL2110 : Security Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Katharine A. M. Wright
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course will consider the concept of security in the study of international relations. The module aims to equip students with knowledge of different approaches to security and consider how these relate to debates within Security Studies as sub discipline of International Relations.

The module deploys this conceptual vocabulary to examine a range of issues in international security of historical and contemporary significance, and considers how they support or challenge competing approaches to security.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is security? What can we know about security? Security is a contested concept and this module explores various different approaches to the study of security. It will consider questions such as: What does it mean to center the individual as the referent object of security? Is security desirable? Is security possible? How are race and empire implicated in security? Is security a gendered concept? What is the cost of state security to the individual? Students will consider different conceptualisations of security drawn from debates within Security Studies and will examine how they could be used to account for (in)security. Students will also be exposed to a range of empirical examples of new security challenges which could include climate change, health pandemics, the UN Women, Peace and Security agenda, climate change, and asylum and immigration.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1137:00137:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials95:0045:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Webinar
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each week a set of material and related exercised will be provided for students. This material could include reading of academic sources (book chapters and articles) or other material, short mini-lectures, podcasts, social media content. Students will also be asked to engage in related exercises to support their learning, which could include quizzes, reflective questions or preparation for webinars. The webinars will allow students to participate in clarifying and exploring the approaches and issues underpinning the module through peer-to-peer learning and engagement with the module leader. These teaching methods will support students in developing critical and analytical thinking and developing their written communication skills through the assessment. Time management, planning and organisational skills are developed throughout the module.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M201000 words - reflective blog
Essay1M80Timed essay, 2500 words. 3 weeks.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment for this module consists of two components, a reflective blog and a timed essay. The reflective blog will enable students to consider a security issue of their choice and reflect critically on their own positionality to it. This will also help reinforce understanding of concepts engaged with in the learning material and discussed in webinars. The reflective blog is designed to feed forward into preparation for the timed essay through equipping students with the skills to write analytically and critically. The timed exam will allow students to critically engage with different concepts of security and apply it in the context of issues of contemporary and historical significance to international security. Both the reflective blog and times essay assess critical thinking, written communication and argumentation.

Reading Lists

Timetable