NS7516: International Security

NS7516: International Security

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title International Security
Module Code NS7516
Module Tutor Jonathan Hobson
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description


This module explores the complex and multifaceted processes of providing, maintaining, creating and understanding security in a globalised world. Whilst the module focuses on the global dimensions of security issues, it also explores them in terms of implications for regional, national and local responses to mitigate risk. Topics are delivered through interactive seminars which bring together theoretical analysis with case studies of recent and current security threats.

Indicative Syllabus


The module considers the various ways in which international threats to security can be analysed, understaood and mitigated. It considers the concept of ‘Risk’ as a part of a globalised world, and the different ways in which this creates threats to stability. In particular, the module explores issues of risk and secturity through examples in areas such as:


Changing sites of global authority and powery and how the nature of a global world leads to different and new types of conflict and threat responses. Sessions explroe issues around the rise of governance outside of national politics and how changing sites of power mean threats are hardert to anticipate and manage.


Transnational Organised Crime and the threats to peace and human security, and in particualr how this violates human rights and undermines economic, social, cultural, political and civil development of societies around the world. Sessions will explore global patterns of organised crime and the factors underpinning its development, as well as relationships and impacts on to civil society, political institutions and the legitimate economy.


International Terrorism and the extent to which international and State response has changed since the events of 9/11. Through case studies of terrorist groups, and threat-reponses, the sessions explore issues around the relationship between terrorism and organised crime, and the effectiveness of the state and international responses.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on the nature of Risk and Security in a globalised world
  2. Evaluate the causes, patterns, and implications of international threats to security
  3. Demonstrate a critical and systematic awareness of contemporary debates on policy and law-enforcement approaches and responses to international security threats
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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