Department of Political Science


International Peace and Security

Course Code


Course Tutor

Dr Nils Metternich (Department of Political Science) and Dr Noele Crossley (Department of Political Science)


> One 3000 word essay (50%) and one 2 hour exam (50%)

Credit Value


About this course

The module will introduce you to major themes and debates in the contemporary study of international security, peace and conflict. We will survey a range of issues, including the causes and management of inter-state warfare, terrorism, civil wars, and violence against civilians.

By the end of the module, you should have a good overview of the literature in contemporary security studies. You should also have acquired a set of conceptual tools that can be used for analysing the causes of violent conflict, the sources of international stability and instability, and the mechanisms of international conflict management and conflict resolution. 

In addition, you should be familiar with the main issues confronting contemporary policy-makers in the field of international security, and be equipped to conduct independent research on contemporary security issues and debates.

*This is a core module for students registered on the MSc Security Studies programme and is not available as an optional module.