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School of Politics and International Relations

POL258 The International Politics of Security

(POL258A - Autumn)

Level: 5

Semester: A

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Professor Jef Huysmans

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: None

Compulsory for: Semi-compulsory L250, L25Y

Associate Availability: Full Year and Spring only


This module examines the study of security in world politics, investigating the development of the study of the international politics of security and the key concerns surrounding security today. The module broadly surveys different kinds of security practice and their contemporary significance. It also introduces political questions and contestations that both shape and are resulting from developments in security practice. Overall, the module gives a wide-ranging perspective on the politics of security in contemporary international politics.

Assessment: 1 x 1500 word essay (40%) and 2 hour Exam (60%)