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Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

PL50839: Resilience and national security

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: ES100
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Coursework reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The unit aims to provide:
* an introduction to national security and resilience;
* the knowledge necessary to differentiate national security from other forms of security;
* an insight into how states prepare for their security and safety of their citizens;
* theoretical and empirical understanding and analysis of national security;
* a consideration of the major issues in resilience and crisis management.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this unit will:
* have acquired an advanced knowledge of national security and resilience;
* understand different approaches to national security;
* have acquired a good understanding of the theoretical explanations of how states seek to protect themselves;
* be able to critically analyse sources of insecurity and how states interpret them.

The key skills the unit will hone and further develop are:
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, and the planning/conduct/reporting of quantitative and non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.

The content of the unit will revolve around the following themes:
* Introduction to resilience and national security
* States as security actors and providers
* States and perceptions of insecurity
* Military security
* Economic security
* Cyber Security
* Resilience and Crisis Management.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

PL50839 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THPL-AFM11 : MA Contemporary European Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM16 : MA Contemporary European Studies: Politics Policy and Society (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM17 : MA Contemporary European Studies (with transatlantic track) (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM14 : MA International Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM15 : MA International Security (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL11 : PG Dip Contemporary European Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL14 : PG Dip International Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL16 : PG Dip International Security (Full-time)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.