PIR-10060 - Securing Global Order
Coordinator: Barry J Ryan Tel: +44 1782 7 33354
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2019/20

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. Assessment format: 30% group presentation; 70% essay.

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 1.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

Study hours

10 hours attendance at lectures
10 hours attendance at seminars
50 hours preparation for the ten plenary seminars, and preparing for the group presentation
40 hours reading, analysing, and writing the three applied skills exercises
40 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
1500-word essay chosen from a list of given questions. Summative assessment. Essay questions will allow students to apply their newly-acquired skills of argument analysis, argument deconstruction, and argument critique to the content matter of the course

2: Group Presentation weighted 30%
15 minute Group presentation
15-20 minute group presentation in which small groups are tasked to demonstrate their ability to critique an argument. Three applied skills exercises have been designed for students to develop their capacity to analyse the logic of argumentation. The first one is the analysis of the main argument of a key security studies text. The second is a deconstruction of the ideas supporting the argument of a central security studies text. The third is a critique of the argument of a key text applying argument analysis and deconstruction. Students will choose one exercise and make a presentation during one of the seminars. They will be followed by detailed feedback by the tutor.