Module Catalogues

Critical Security Studies

Module Title Critical Security Studies
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

Looking outside the box of mainstream theorising, this module critically reflects on conventional and unconventional forms of security. It does so by exploring thought-provoking texts in the field of critical security studies. The module encourages students to draw the bridges between critical theory and existing practices and discourses in security governance, questioning how and with what purpose security policies are designed and implemented by policy stakeholders nowadays. Each week students are expected to apply the examined theoretical notions in concrete case studies.

Learning outcomes

A Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of security as a field of scientific inquiry in its own merit.
B Apply theories within the field of critical security studies to better understand security challenges, threats and responses at national, regional and international levels.
C Evaluate policy- and decision-making related to security and defence.
D Gather, organise and deploy evidence, and different forms of data and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
E Argue effectively and in a scientifically robust manner by means of formulating research questions and testing hypotheses.
F Develop independent research skills as well as a critical and reflective mindset.

Method of teaching and learning

The module will be informed by interactive and reflective teaching methods. It will consist of seminars that include mini-lectures, in-class discussions and independent study and research.