Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
What is security? Whose security do we refer to: `national securityż, `international securityż, `human securityż, or `environmental securityż? What and how some issues become part of security agendas? This module critically engages with the above questions, thus introducing students to the sub-field of security studies. Its starting point is that security may mean different things to different people, but that security and global politics and intertwined. Indeed, studying security is key to understanding contemporary global politics, whether we talk about the risks of (nuclear) war, environmental catastrophes, health and disease, gender and identity, welfare and development, race and racism, terrorism and so forth This module equips students with key concepts as well as a range of theoretical perspectives in security studies in order to make sense of contemporary security discourses and practices in global politics. The module is run for ten weeks, through weekly lectures accompanied by one-hour seminars in which students are encouraged to play an active part in activities and discussions which include group works and simulations exercises.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pir-10060/lists
1) To introduce students to the literature and recent developments in the field of security studies.2) To consolidate study and transferable skills such as critical analysis and creative presentation, which would be necessary for future modules, and in line with the programme assessment strategy and Keeleżs learning principles.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Critically analyse major security themes in contemporary global politics.: 1,2Demonstrate the ability to recognise and apply theories and approaches through which security issues can be understood and analysed.: 1,2Demonstrate the ability to present in a clear and creative way the operations of securitization theory as applied to a particular security theme.: 1Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse contemporary security challenges in a written form.: 2
10 hours lectures10 hours seminars30 hours preparation for the lectures and seminars30 hours researching and writing/creating the poster.70 hours researching and writing the essay
1: Poster Presentation weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
PosterThe framework of securitization (language, discourse and practice) will be explored in weeks 1 and 2. This framework demonstrates how threats can be produced (through language, discourse, and practice) leading to security practices and policies that are antithetical to democratic norms. The theme of the poster will thus follow from this approach to security. Each student will choose a security event/topic/challenge, analyse how it emerged, and evaluate how it has affected our political climate. These may include pandemics, terrorism, water and resource scarcity, nuclear war, welfare and development, poverty, borders and sovereignty, race and racism, and so forth. Preparations for the poster will take place during seminar 6.2: Essay weighted 70%
1400-word essay chosen from a list of given questionsThe second assessment of this module is a 1400-word essay. Students should choose one question from a list of questions provided in the module guide and follow the guidelines of academic writing whilst deploying the Harvard referencing system (all detailed in the module guide).