IR3140 Security and international relations
Previous to 2010 this course had the title International Security.
There has been a minor revision to this syllabus.
Prerequisites (applies to degree students only)
IR1011 Introduction to international relations.
The idea of security: The value of security; Key assumptions of security; Security of the state and security of the person; Normative vs instrumental approaches to security; Three paradigms of security
The state as a security arrangement: Security of the prince; security of the people; nation states and national security
National security: current issues and contemporary application: National security as a reciprocal arrangement; National security policies; National security and deterrence; National security and the war on terror; National security in authoritarian states; Security in weak, failed or quasi-states
International society as a security arrangement: International security and the problem of disorder; International security; The balance of power and the concert of great powers
International security: current issues and contemporary application: The international security paradigm in operation; Military Intervention; Nuclear Non-proiferation; Climate Change; Why International Security is Difficult to Achieve
Human security as an alternative to national and international security: State-centred approached to security; A person centred approach to security; Instruments of human security
Human security: current issues and contemporary applications: Achievements of human security; Problems with human security; Overcoming the problems of human security; Towards a Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
Security paradigms in conflict: the problems of intervention: Different paradigms, different priorities; Origins of the problem of military intervention; current justifications for military intervention; Military intervention for international peace and security: Iraq; Military intervention for national security: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan; Military intervention for human security: Kosovo; Military Intervention after R2P: Darfur.