Current Issues of International Security

lspri2010  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Current Issues of International Security
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h
Q2
Teacher(s)
Language
English
Prerequisites
International politics; International Relations theories
Main themes
This seminar tackles major issues related to international security through the study of topical cases. It is interested in both traditional and non-traditional approaches to international security
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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At the end of this seminar, the student will be able to identify and isolate an international security issue and analyze it thoroughly according to academic standards. The student will be able to use major contemporary theories and concepts in the field. S.he will therefore be able to use them in the framework of a case-study through a rigorous and properly documented analysis.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled ¿Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit¿.

 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
This seminar tackles the evolutions in the conceptualization of international security and related debates. It offers an overview of the major traditional and non-traditional theoretical orientations in the field and provides the students with methodological tools necessary for the analysis of an international security problem. Each year, specific situations will serve as case studies to apply the theories and reflect on their use.
Teaching methods
The first lectures will initiate the students to the problems of international security and will provide them with the appropriate theoretical, conceptual, methodological and contextual frames. Subsequent sessions will revolve around the work of the students and ensuing debates. A simulation is usually scheduled around the mid-term.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation will be based on an oral presentation on a specific topic mixing a specific case study with a theoretical approach on security and on a related research paper the student will submit at the end of the term. Participation to debates and simulations will also be taken into account in the final assessment.
Other information
Material: Powerpoint and reading files
Bibliography
Buzan, B. and Hansen, L., The evolution of international security studies, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009
Caballero-Anthony, M. (ed.) An introduction to non-traditional security studies. A transnational approach, Los Angeles: Sage, 2016
David, C.-P., La guerre et la paix. Approches et enjeux de la sécurité et de la stratégie, Paris : Presses de Sciences Po, 3ème édition, 2013
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations