This innovative course provides you with a framework for detailed investigation of international security and terrorism.
Security and safety have always been at the heart of the human condition. An understanding of security involves studying not only what makes us feel secure, but also what we regard as threatening.
In the current international environment, with the upsurge in international terrorism and conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, this course offers the opportunity for in-depth study and analysis.
Taught by international security and terrorism experts, this course will introduce you to some of the major schools of thought within the discipline, including realism, liberalism and critical theory.
You will explore key issues in contemporary international security, including international intervention, conventional and nuclear deterrence, insurgency and counter-insurgency, peacemaking, and peacekeeping.
This course will facilitate the analysis of terrorism as a political strategy, and will explore its contemporary significance and relative success. It will also develop your understanding of counter-terrorist techniques and provide you with an in-depth study of security issues in particular regions of the world.
The focus is on three key elements:
- Theoretical underpinnings of international security and terrorism
- Empirical problems of security and terrorism in the present age
- Security and terrorism complexities through optional modules
You can take part in a field trip to Europe visiting sights of political and cultural interest. Recent trips have included Brussels, The Hague and Berlin.
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This course is made up of 40 credits of core modules, 80 credits of optional modules, plus a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
Assessment for taught modules takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or exams, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation.
2:1 (or international equivalent)
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
This course is ideal if you are looking to further your academic knowledge or pursue a career in a range of fields, such as:
- armed services
- civil service
- international organisations
- non-governmental organisations
- policy research
We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.
If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.
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