This course will introduce you to the study of International Security. Whether you are a student or just someone interested in what studying International Security is about, this course will carefully guide you through the basics of this fascinating academic sub-field of International Relations.
The course is ideal for beginners with no prior university education because it allows you to understand the basics of the sub-field. Although it is designed for beginners, the course will give you confidence to speak about International Security theories and concepts with much greater confidence.
My Promise to You
I promise that the tuition in this course is of the highest quality, based on genuine university-level teaching and research. It is presented in a highly-accessible and engaging way, designed specifically for those who do not have prior university degree in Politics or International Relations.
I invite you to send me a message if you have any questions about the content of this course.
Who this course is for
- Individuals interested in International Security and International Relations.
- Students of Politics and International Relations who want to consolidate their knowledge and improve their grades.
- Commentators, bloggers and journalists covering International Security and International Relations.
- Policy practitioners who want to improve their analytical skills and better understand the context of their policy activities.
What you'll learn
- Define International Security and Security Studies
- Understand the historical evolution of Security Studies
- Understand the Realist tradition in Security Studies
- Understand the Liberal tradition in Security Studies
- Understand the Securitization Theory
- Understand the Human Security approach in Security Studies
- Define the meaning of war
- Understand the definition, historical context and categories of war
- Understand the causes and motivations for war
- Define global terrorism
- Understand the root causes and motivations of terrorism
- Understand the ethical dilemmas of combating terrorism
- Define the proliferation of nuclear weapons
- Understand the importance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
- Identify the most important non-proliferation efforts and strategies
- Be able to conceptualize non-traditional security threats
- Understand how climate change and pandemic diseases can be conceptualized as security problems
- The course is designed for beginners and therefore does not require prior education in Politics or International Relations.
- No upfront reading is necessary. In the course, students will learn about some of the most influential books on each topic.
- For convenience, handouts for each lecture are provided and can be downloaded.