PIR-10060 - Securing Global Order
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2022/23

This module introduces students to the study and politics of global security. It takes the name of the module, Securing Global Order, as a starting point and general theme guiding the outline and module content. The idea is simple: depending on how one might define `security┐, different orders of security are constructed. There is consequently not one single way in which `the global order┐ should be secured. Instead, this module encourages students to think about how we see the world and, depending on this, to ask what threats to security are and whose security matters in a particular global order. This module equips students with key concepts in security studies in order to make sense of contemporary security practices in global politics as well as a range of theoretical perspectives, or lenses, useful to question the links between security and various global orders. The module is run through 10 weekly lectures accompanied by 10 one-hour tutorials in which students are encouraged to play an active part in activities and discussions. Students will also develop their presentation and team working skills by working on a group presentation.

1) To introduce students to the literature and recent developments in the field of security studies.
2) To introduce students to the applied analysis of the logic of argumentation within security texts.
3) To provide the context for the further development of a range of core study/employability skills at Level 4.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Critically evaluate security practices: 1
Critically evaluate distinctions and interactions between global and local dimensions of security issues their political implications: 1
Appraise the logic of argumentation in key security studies texts: 1
Employ research evidence, security theories, and other data, in making judgments about International Relations issues: 1
Demonstrate the ability to recognise multiple perspectives through which global security issues can be understood and analysed: 1,2

Study hours

10 hours lectures
10 hours seminars
70 hours preparation for the seminars, and preparing for the group presentation
60 hours researching and writing the essay

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Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 70%
1500-word essay chosen from a list of given questions
Essay questions will allow students to apply their skills of argument analysis, argument deconstruction, and argument critique to the content matter of the module.

2: Group Presentation weighted 30%
Group Presentation
15 minute group presentation in which small groups are tasked to demonstrate their ability to apply securitisation theory to a security threat of their choice. The group need to demonstrate that they have understood what processes of securitisation and desecuritisation mean by applying the key theoretical concepts of securitisation theory to their case-study correctly. The group will also be assessed on their researching skills such as data-gathering and analytical quality.