|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||17 Hours. 17 x 1 hour lectures|
|Seminars / Tutorials||8 Hours. 8 x 1 hour seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours (1 x 2 hour exam)||60%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Identify the principal concepts, issues and threats currently dominating European security and justify their selection, thus demonstrating the changing nature of security
2. Identify and apply appropriate concepts and theories to enable students to critically analyse the complexities of the European security environment.
3. Describe and analyse the role of the principal security institutions and key state actors.
4. Discuss and compare competing influences on European security.
5. Demonstrate, through written work and in seminar discussions, an awareness and understanding of different national and European level policies, capabilties and interests.
6. Effectively deploy skills of: identification and location of appropriate sources; independent study; writing (essays and examinations); IT skils and time-management.
1.Introduction: The Transformation of European security
2. Conceptualising Europe
3. The OSCE: Useful or Useless?
4. NATO in the 1990s
5. NATO in the 21st Century
6. The Emergence of an EU Security and Defence Policy
7. An Operational ESDP?
8. Large European States: France, Germany & the UK
9. The Small States and the states of CEE
10. Russian Security Policy and Europe
11. The United States & Europe after the Cold War
12. The United States and Europe after September 11
13. A Widening Security Agenda: Environmental & Energy Security
14. Societal Security: Identity, Migration and Human Rights
15. European Interventionism: Values or Interests?
16. European Approaches to the Proliferation of WMD
15. Europe and the 'War on Terror'
18. Conclusion & Exam Briefing
1. Transformation & Conceptualisation
2. What Role for NATO?
3. The Militarization of the European Union?
4. The Role of European State Actors
5. Russia: Partner or a Competitor?
6. US-European Security Relations: Shift or Rift?
7. The Widening Security Agenda
8. Europe and International Terrorism
The main aim of the module is to allow students to develop a broad knowledge of the security concerns affecting Europe, the recent evolution of NATO and the EU in the security field and of selected national foreign, security and defence policies, emphasising the critical juncture at which European security now finds itself. It sets out to examine the different concepts and theories of security with the aims of providing students with the knowledge and analytical abilities to critically evaluate the changing nature of security in Europe and the role of Europe in international security.
Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include:
- collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module
- ability to evaluate competing perspectives
- demonstrate subject specific research techniques
- apply a range of methodologies to complex political problems 10 ECTS Credits
Reading ListGeneral Text
Cottey, Andrew. (2007.) Security in the new Europe /Andrew Cottey. Palgrave Macmillan Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6