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National and International Security

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
2 year, 3, 4 module


Course Syllabus


This course focuses on main issues of national and international security in the modern world, and mechanism of decision-making in this sphere. In this course the students will learn about major approaches to methods of ensuring national and international security. This course will combine the study of theories of national and international security with the students’ practical work.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course becomes particularly important today when the international community faces the tremendous shift in the balance of power and structure of the modern international system – from unipolarity to multipolarity - and, thus, in the ways and means of provision of national and international security.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Explains the contents of the main challenges in the field of national and international security
  • Explains the term stability in international relations theory
  • Describes the modern international system
  • Explains mechanisms of ensuring national and international security
  • Explains mechanisms of foreign policy decision-making in different countries
  • Describes foreign policy instruments in the 21st century
  • Uses specific concepts, methods, techniques and tools in the field of history of international relations
  • Analyzes ethnopolitical conflicts in the modern world (on the example of Ukraine)
  • Explains what has changed in the sphere of Arms Control after the Cold War
  • Describes characteristic features of Paris climate agreement
  • Describes characteristic features of environment protection after Paris climate agreement
  • Describes what political extremism is
  • Analyzes the problem of Illicit drug trafficking
  • Conducts research, including problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, the allocation of the object and subject of study, choice of method and research methods, and evaluation of its quality
  • Describes problems and situations of professional activity, using the apparatus of the social, humanitarian and economic sciences to solve professional tasks
  • Works with information: finds, evaluates and uses information from various sources required for the solution of scientific and professional tasks (including on the basis of the system approach)
  • Finds, collects and primarily summarizes actual material, making valid conclusions
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introductory lecture. International security: the developing agenda.
  • Seminar. Issue of stability of the modern international system.
  • Seminar. The Process of foreign policy decision-making in the modern world.
  • Seminar. Foreign Policy Instruments in the 21st century.
  • Seminar. Globalization: pros and cons.
  • Seminar. Ethnopolitical conflicts in the modern world (on the example of Ukraine).
  • Seminar. Arms Control in the modern world: what had changed after the Cold War?
  • Seminar. Environment protection after Paris climate agreement.
  • Seminar. Illicit drug trafficking and political extremism.
  • Presentations on assigned topics
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Preparing presentations on assigned topics
  • non-blocking Test
  • non-blocking Final test on Coursera
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * Final test on Coursera + 0.4 * Preparing presentations on assigned topics + 0.4 * Test


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Global trends 2030: alternative worlds / a publication of the National Intelligence Council. (2012). Washington/D.C. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.401334392
  • Jason Beaubien, & Jacki Lyden. (2011). Global Commission On Drug Policy Report Blasts War On Drugs. Weekend Edition Sunday (NPR). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nfh&AN=6XN201106051205
  • Mead, W. R. (2018). National Security Strategy of the United States of America. Foreign Affairs, 97(2), 174. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=127778227
  • Trenin, D. V. . (DE-588)114738327, (DE-576)175880190. (2014). Russia’s breakout from the post-Cold War system [Elektronische Ressource] : the drivers of Putin’s course / Dmitri Trenin. Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.444960643

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Johnson, S. E., Libicki, M. C., Treverton, G. F., & Rand Corporation. (2003). New Challenges, New Tools for Defense Decisionmaking. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=81666
  • Snyder, J. C., & Mearsheimer, J. J. (2018). Conventional Deterrence. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BF145EFD