Course code EDS372

EDS372 Current Topics in Security Studies

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Course responsible: Stig Jarle Hansen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Even years
First time: 2013V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course deals with contemporary themes and issues such as security communities, \"securitization\", the political economy of conflicts, state collapse and reconstruction, and migration and societal security. The course will deal with traditional security studies and strategic studies, but this will be introduced to create a foundation for critical approaches to security.
Learning outcome:
The course provides an advanced understanding of issues in international security since the end of the Cold War. It focuses on security in relation to issues of force and power in international relations, and is placed within the relevant theoretical and empirical contexts of contemporary debates. The students should be able to understand the theories of the Copenhagen school, the welsh school and Realists/ Liberalist approaches to security after finishing the course.
Learning activities:
Lectures and termpaper.
Teaching support:
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting. A course schedule is handed out at the same time.
Syllabus will be given at course start
General knowledge of international issues, preferably undergraduate courses in relevant social sciences
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. Written examination (2 hours) will count 30 % and essay (15 pages) on chosen topic (to be approved by the course responsible) will count 70 %.
Nominal workload:
300 hr.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The course will go over 12 weeks and include 2 hours lectures per week.
Internal and external examiners will grade both exam parts.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått