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International Relations: Security, Conflict and Peace

International Relations: Security, Conflict & Peace

This stimulating course will provide you with the opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging and pressing issues of international relations and conflict. You will explore the main characteristics of today’s global security environment, from terrorism to tensions produced by climate change, from nuclear proliferation to the migration crisis.

You will consider how various schools of thought can decisively strengthen our analysis of these issues, which will lead to an appreciation of the complex role of factors like military capabilities, economic structures, international institutions, identities and ideologies, or language and emotions.

Teaching will be delivered by leading experts on international affairs, conflict, security and peace studies, who have published in the most respected journals of the field. The programme adopts a dynamic format of interactive lectures and seminars, and will include a negotiation simulation, a policy role play and extensive discussions on cutting-edge research, in an enriching multicultural setting.

Module at a Glance

Module Title International Relations: Security, Conflict & Peace
Module Code ISS2002
Module Convenor Dr Stephane Baele
Credit Value 7.5 ECTS
Scheduled Teaching 48 Hours of lectures, seminars and activities with at least 10 hours live content
Guided Independent Study Pre-Reading Before Arrival
Preparatory readings for lectures and seminars
Researching, preparing and delivering a group presentation
Researching and completing two written assignments
Formative Assessment Draft of final essay - 500 words - verbal feedback
Summative Assessment

Written Essay - 1500 words - 60% of credit - written feedback

Group Presentation - 20 minutes - 40% of credit - verbal and written feedback

Sample Reading Hurrell A. (2017) “Rising Powers and the Emerging Global Order”, in Smith & Baylis (eds.) The Globalization of World Politics, Oxford University Press.
Sample Sessions Thinking about the Bomb: Problems and Prospects in Nuclear Strategy and Proliferation
Climate Change: The “Mother of all Risks to National Security