PIR-10060 - Securing Global Order
Coordinator: Moran Mandelbaum Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 33513
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2024/25

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 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 Keele┐s learning principles.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Critically analyse major security themes in contemporary global politics.: 1,2
Demonstrate the ability to recognise and apply theories and approaches through which security issues can be understood and analysed.: 1,2
Demonstrate the ability to present in a clear and creative way the operations of securitization theory as applied to a particular security theme.: 1
Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse contemporary security challenges in a written form.: 2

Study hours

10 hours lectures
10 hours seminars
30 hours preparation for the lectures and seminars
30 hours researching and writing/creating the poster.
70 hours researching and writing the essay

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Poster weighted 30%
The 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 questions
The 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).