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CISS6001: New Security Challenges

This unit considers the evolving nature of security in the context of global politics. It focuses on non-military challenges to security while acknowledging the relationships between these and traditional security concerns. Among the topics considered are: international law and security; the privatisation of security; economics and security; energy resources; environmental degradation; the burden of infectious diseases; population dynamics; gender and age perspectives on security; the dilemmas of fragile and failing states; transnational organised crime; and new modes of warfare. The overall objective of the unit is to engage with issues and arguments that challenge how security is traditionally understood. Teaching and learning take place via a combination of lectures, student-led seminars, independent research, debates and case studies.

Code CISS6001
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. recognise foundational concepts, theories and methods used by political scientists to understand international relations, international security, including non-traditional security issues.
  • LO2. apply foundational concepts and theories in international relations/security studies to specific examples of non-traditional or new security challenges/issues
  • LO3. discuss fundamental issues in international security studies with others in a constructive and analytical way
  • LO4. draw information from basic sources, including digital sources, to provide evidence in support of their arguments about international security, including non-traditional or new security challenges/issues

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.