Political Science

POLS3718International Security in Theory and Practice 3 ch (3C) (W)
Critically examines one of the most central and contested concepts in International Relations theory and practice: security. Questions considered include: what does it mean to be secure? What causes various forms of insecurity? How should we identify security threats: what 'counts' as an international security problem? What happens when issues are framed as security problems? The course examines theoretical approaches to security in IR including national, human, feminist, and critical security theories, and considers contemporary challenges that have been identified as international security problems, including terrorism, health/disease, climate change and migration.