International Strategy and Security

lspri2330  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

International Strategy and Security
5.00 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.
Learning outcomes

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 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
The course takes place in person on the campus of Louvain-la-Neuve. If needed, part of the teaching can be done online via the Moodle platform. 
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
The evaluation consists of 2 assignments (one individual and one group work) that are due during the semester. The assignments must be submitted on Moodle AND on 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
Reminder: attendance is mandatory. The oral presentation is part of the course.
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
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Interpreting