Module Identifier IPM5330  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Mike Williams  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Seminar   1 x 2 hour seminar per week over one semester  
Assessment Presentation   Seminar presentation   10%  
  Course work   Major esay proposal 250 words   10%  
  Essay   3,000 words   30%  
  Essay   750 words   20%  
  Exam   3 Hours To be examined in Semester Two.   30%  


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

Brief description

Whether in terms of the influence of different strategic cultures on the exercise of military power, the emergence of 'ethnic' conflicts, or the relationship between popular culture and military-media relations in modern warfare, connections between political identity and security are central to contemporary international relations. 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.