Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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.
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 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.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Critically evaluate security practices: 1Critically evaluate distinctions and interactions between global and local dimensions of security issues their political implications: 1Appraise the logic of argumentation in key security studies texts: 1Employ research evidence, security theories, and other data, in making judgments about International Relations issues: 1Demonstrate the ability to recognise multiple perspectives through which global security issues can be understood and analysed: 1,2
10 hours lectures10 hours seminars70 hours preparation for the seminars, and preparing for the group presentation60 hours researching and writing the essay
1: Essay weighted 70%
Description of Module Assessment
1500-word essay chosen from a list of given questionsEssay 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 Presentation15 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.