International Strategy and Security

lspri2330  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

International Strategy and Security
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Liegeois Michel; Vandamme Dorothée (compensates Liegeois Michel);
Main themes
The themes presented in the course should highlight the widening of the problematic of Security, taking good care to keep our analysis in the field of political science. The traditional military issues therefore will not be forgotten and the great classics (Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Liddel Hart,…) will receive the treatment that they deserve. Contemporary issues (nuclear questions, crises management, terrorism,…) will be evoked successively by linking them to the traditional theories and by underlining observed continuities and rup-tures.

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

1 At the end of the course the student will have to know the significance of the concepts of strategy and security as well as their evolution through history. He will master the contemporary theories of security as well as the principal concepts, on which they depend. He will be able to implement them in a critical way within the frame-work of the analysis of current issues.

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 course is divided in 4 parts: (1) Introduction to security: theoretical approaches and contemporary security issues (privatization, environmental and resource security, terrorism, transnational organized crime, cyber, AI); (2) Strategy and war, theories and applications; (3) The nuclear question: deterrence, doctrines, proliferation; (4) Crises management and operations other than war.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course is structured on blended learning, with about half of the classes on-site and the other half online. 
In case evolution of the Covid-19 crisis requires on-site activities to stop, planned on-site classes will take place by visioconference on Teams or be replaced by online resources on Moodle. 
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course is evaluated based on 4 papers that are to be submitted during the semester both online on Moodle and in paper. 
If the evolution of the Covid-19 crisis prevents on-site presence, papers will be submitted only via Moodle. 
Other information
Course material is as follows:
  • Oral presentation and powerpoints for on-site classes
  • Available resources on Moodle
  • Readings
Online resources
All resources are either directly available on Moodle, or accessible via Moodle. 
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Interpreting