Module Identifier IPM5330  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Mike Williams  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Seminar   1 x two hour seminar per week over one semester  
Assessment Exam   3 Hours   40%  
  Presentation   1 x seminar presentation   20%  
  Essay   1 x 3,000 word   40%  

Brief description
The study of security can be defined as an examination of the institutions, ideas, and instruments of organized violence. This module examines the relationship between culture and security. Viewing organised violence as a socially embedded set of political practices, the module inquires critically into the relationship between different systems of thought, social structures, and technologies of control, destruction, and representation in the constitution and exercise of different forms of violence in world politics.

This module examines the historically shifting nature of the 'subject' of security (who or what is being secured, from what, and how). It seeks in particular to develop an understanding of the social constitution of forms of organized violence, and their transformation and operation in contemporary world politics.

At the end of the module students should be able to: