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icono de curso

Theories of International Security

2001

Credits: 8 ECTS

First semester

Compulsory courses

English

Faculty

Summary

The course offers an introduction to the field of international security studies and the core theoretical concepts and perspectives in the discipline. It will provide a comprehensive overview of theoretical approaches, from traditional realist theories, constructivist approaches, to normative approaches, and poststructuralist critiques. The theoretical part of the course will be supplemented by close examination of a range of traditional and new security issues, including the causes of war, humanitarian intervention, terrorism, and privatization of security.

Assessment

Assessment Criteria

  • Class and discussion participation: 10%
  • Three written essays of 1,200 words each (+/- 10%): 30% (10% each)
  • One oral presentation and a short written summary of the presentation’s main arguments (500 words, +/- 10%): 15%
  • Discussant for one presentation made by a colleague: 5%
  • Final take-home exam: 40%

N.B. The essay, presentation, and discussant topics have to be different. That is, you have to do the 5 assignments on 5 different topics.

Studies