|| IP33620 |
|| CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN SECURITY |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr Alistair J K Shepherd |
|| Semester 2 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 18 Hours 16 x 1 hour lectures |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 5 Hours 8 x 1 hour seminars |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours ||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 x 2,000 word essay ||30%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Discuss the origins of the contemporary European security environment
2. Identify the principal concepts and issues currently dominating European security and justify their selection
3. Describe and analyse the main European security institutions and their evolution.
4. Define and evaluate the key threats to European security
5. Discuss and compare competing outside influences on European security
6. Illustrate, through written work and in seminars, the principal problems with the military capabilities of European states
7. Demonstrate, through written work and in seminar discussions, an awareness and understanding of differing national defence and security policies
8. Discuss and evaluate the role of European states and institutions in the Balkans during the 1990s
9. Demonstrate the changing nature of contemporary European security
This module provides the foundation for a comprehensive analysis and understanding of the concepts and dynamics of contemporary European security. It aims 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 & defence policies, emphasising the critical juncture at which European security now finds itself.
This module adds to the Departmental provision in the area of International Politics. It complements existing provision in this area and allows interested students to gain specialist knowledge of the contemporary issues in European Security and the major institutions and national actors affecting the development of Europe's security identity.
Seminar topics will include:
Transformation of European security concepts, architecture and environment
NATO in the 21st Century: new roles, new members, new missions
The EU moves into security & Defence- CFSP & ESDP
The OSCE: Useful or Useless?
Traditional security actors in Europe: France, Germany & the UK
The post-neutrals and small states
The Influence and importance of the United States & Russia
Non-traditional Concepts of Security: migration, environment, ethnic rivalry & human rights
The Balkans: non-traditional crisis, traditional solution?
Europe's Role in International Security
Future of European security: new threats different trends?
Students will develop, practise and test a range of transferable skills. On a broad level, throughout the module they will enhance their oral and written communication skills, augment their reading and comprehension abilities, improve their analytical and research capabilities, develop time management skills and strengthen their use of IT resources. More specifically in lectures the students will strengthen their listening, note taking and summarising skills; further develop effective presentation and debating abilities in seminars; and enhance their writing proficiency and independent research abilities. The essay and the examination will test the ability to write in an organised, focused and succinct manner under time constraint conditions.
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
Hodge, Carl C. (1999) Redefining European Security
London, Garland Publishing
McKenzie, Mary & Loedel, Peter (1998) The Promise and Reality of European Security Cooperation
Wyllie, James (1997) European Security in the New Political Environment
This module is at CQFW Level 6