This unit provides an introduction to security studies, a field of inquiry that examines the political processes through which people seek security within the realm of international politics. The unit adopts a historical approach to the examination of this subject: we shall consider how our understandings of security have changed over time, which types of political actors have been most responsible for the maintenance of security, and what types of strategies these actors have adopted in their pursuit of security. Thus, this unit offers students the opportunity to examine some of the most important issues facing the international political system today.

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ASP2007 - Dictatorship and Democracy

ASP2010 - Origins of International Politics

ASP2011 - Foundations of Political Science

Students enrolled in course code ABAB or LBLA must have completed two of the following units ASP2011 Foundations of Political Science, ASP2007 Dictatorship and Democracy, ASP2010 Origins of International Politics.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interrogate concepts and theories relating to the field of security studies and assess their relevance to events in international politics;  
  2. Probe complex security problems and develop a research project designed to elucidate these problems;  
  3. Critically review literature related to the field of security studies and employ that literature in the construction of a convincing research report; and  
  4. Reflect upon concepts, theories and events in the field of security and elaborate on their relevance and application both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive manner.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Security report (400 words) 20%
Portfolio Tutorial portfolio (600 words) 30%
Essay Essay (2000 words) 50%

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