This course will provide a theoretical and empirical understanding of international security and international relations. The International Security Masters (ISMA) will help you to develop a range of valuable transferable skills, particularly if you are seeking a professional career in international security, whether as a policy analyst, journalist or researcher. The degree will also appeal if you are intending to pursue postgraduate research in international security and international relations.
This is a new 12-month, full-time (or 24-month, part-time) MA degree.
The first compulsory module ‘International Relations Theory’ is central to all our international politics MA degrees and provides an essential grounding in International Relations theory. It provides a current and inter-disciplinary understanding of international politics and does not require previous knowledge of theory.
The second compulsory module, ‘International Security’, examines the study of security in the international system, through its roots in Cold War strategic studies to the development of the more broadly focused field of security studies today. The module critically analyses contemporary security issues and provides a sound theoretical base for considering practical issues of security, including new wars, intervention and terrorism.
The final compulsory taught module, ‘War Games’, introduces students to some of the major issues and ideas concerning diplomacy and military strategy in International Relations. You will learn about the theoretical and practical challenges concerning strategic relations between states, developing a more nuanced understanding of war and peace in international politics.
You will also have the opportunity to choose three optional modules, open to all MA International Relations students.
The remaining core component of the course is the ‘Dissertation’ module. You are required to write a dissertation on an agreed topic with a specialist supervisor. This module develops the skills required in conducting independent research and you will gain valuable experience in producing lengthy pieces of research on topics of your own choice.
Assessment is a mixture of the more traditional academic approach - coursework and exams - alongside course tests and reflective reports. All modules will seek to improve your engagement and encourage independent learning.
The majority of teaching relies on lectures and seminars, but will utilise, where appropriate, films and scenarios in order to explore different ideas and examples, both thematically and empirically.
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Last updated August 1, 2016