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Bachelor 2020/2021

International Security

Type: Elective course (Political Science and World Politics)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 4 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Sergei Sevastianov
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The primary goal of the class is to provide students with an overview of the major contemporary issues in international security as well as with expanded knowledge in the field of “security studies”, including definitions, theories and concepts of the National, Regional and Global Security. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a number of security-related topics, including nuclear proliferation, arms control, terrorism, cyber warfare, regional security patterns, etc. Class will also cover how policy-makers and scholars of IR approach most critical challenges and threats to global, regional and domestic security, and how they are addressed in different regions of the world.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The primary goal of this class is to provide students with an overview of the major contemporary issues and tendencies in international security as well as complex understanding of the field of “security studies”.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to conduct professional activities internationally
  • Able to outline the need for resources and plan its using for solving professional problems
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • Capable to analyze the political phenomena and political processes by using political science methods and in support of practical decision making process
  • Student is able to work in team
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • BLOCK I Key Global Threats, Theories, Concepts and Mechanisms of Security. 1. Introducing the contemporary security issues. Basics of international security and theoretical approaches to its study
  • International security organizations. International armed humanitarian interventions and peacekeeping
  • Old and new concepts and realities of security: changing the environment
  • BLOCK II Most Acute Global Military and Non-traditional Security Threats 4. Weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Nuclear deterrence
  • Arms race, control and disarmament in modern world. Space security. Comprehensive military deterrence
  • Terrorism as a universal danger
  • Key non-traditional security threats (IT and Cyber security, energy and food shortage, climate change, medical pandemics, etc.)
  • BLOCK III World and Regional Security Approaches by Key Actors. 8. American and European patterns of global and regional security.
  • Russian and Chinese patterns of global and regional security
  • BLOCK IV. Course conclusion and students’ evaluation 10. Students’ group presentations on case-studies in security
  • Test
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in class discussion
    Oral participation in class discussion will be based on lectures and home readings. Each class student must provide at least 2 solid oral answers to seminar questions. Maximum for each seminar is 4 points, overall for oral participation in the course – 40 points.
  • non-blocking Group presentation on a case-study in international security
    Full list of case-studies and guidelines to them will be provided by teacher. Presentation must be prepared by a group of students (2-3 in a group). Each student must take part in the presentation. Maximum for case-study presentation is 32 points.
  • non-blocking Test
    Final test will cover lectures, home readings and case-studies. It will bring 28 points.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.32 * Group presentation on a case-study in international security + 0.4 * Participation in class discussion + 0.28 * Test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Buzan, B., & Hansen, L. (2009). The Evolution of International Security Studies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=304838
  • Enrico Fels, Jan-Frederik Kremer, & Katharina Kronenberg. (2012). Power in the 21st Century : International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World. Springer.
  • The Oxford handbook of international security / edited by Alexandra Gheciu and William C. Wohlforth. (2018). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.50225209X

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Behnke, A. aut. (2013). NATO’s security discourse after the Cold War representing the West Andreas Behnke.
  • Chevrier, M. I. (2012). Arms Control Policy: A Guide to the Issues : A Guide to the Issues. Praeger.
  • Cygankov, A. P. . (DE-588)124065627, (DE-627)085614912, (DE-576)185330452, aut. (2013). Russia’s foreign policy change and continuity in national identity Andrei P. Tsygankov.
  • Eichler, J. (2016). War, Peace and International Security : From Sarajevo to Crimea. [Place of publication not identified]: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1436736
  • Friedberg, A. L. (2012). The Next Phase of the “Contest for Supremacy” in Asia. Asia Policy, 14, 31–35.
  • Gill, B., & Brookings Institution. (2010). Rising Star : China’s New Security Diplomacy: Vol. Rev. ed. Brookings Institution Press.
  • Oliver Meier, & Christopher Daase. (2013). Arms Control in the 21st Century : Between Coercion and Cooperation. Routledge.
  • Schreier, F. (2009). WMD Proliferation: Vol. 1st ed. Potomac Books.