UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0087 Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates

UCL Credit Value: 30

ECTS Value: 15

Term 1

Module Coordinator: Dr Felix Ciuta
Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0
Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

3500 word essay (60%), 1500 word political analysis paper (40%)

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is a book review of 800-1000 words

Module Outline

This module provides an advanced introduction to contemporary security theory. The course is structured by the discussion of three distinct logics of security (war, threat and risk), and three distinct analytical ‘levels’ (international/regional, national and individual) which shape the formulation of security theory and policy alike. This module is primarily a theoretical module.

By the end of the module  you will be equipped to understand and analyse various points of view regarding any issues in international or European security. SIP is designed with a view to signalling the intrinsic relationship between the practice and theory of security. This is not only to increase awareness of the indispensable role of theory in the evaluation of security problems and policies, but also to emphasise that security practitioners routinely deploy concepts of security in official documents, policy statements, and the formulation of security procedures. We will highlight the conceptual, epistemological and methodological issues at stake in the analysis of security policies. The seminar format and the varied nature of the coursework seek to increase your theoretical understanding and analytical skills, enabling you to formulate conceptually precise and empirically informed analyses of contemporary security issues.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.