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International Security

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
4 year, 3 module


Course Syllabus


The primary goal of the class is to provide students with an overview of the major contemporary issues in international security as well as with expanded knowledge in the field of “security studies”, including definitions, theories and concepts of the National, Regional and Global Security. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a number of security-related topics, including nuclear proliferation, arms control, terrorism, cyber warfare, regional security patterns, etc. Class will also cover how policy-makers and scholars of IR approach most critical challenges and threats to global, regional and domestic security, and how they are addressed in different regions of the world.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The primary goal of this class is to provide students with an overview of the major contemporary issues and tendencies in international security as well as complex understanding of the field of “security studies”.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • conducts professional activities internationally
  • outlines the need for resources and plans its using for solving professional problems
  • solves professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • analyzes the political phenomena and political processes by using political science methods and in support of practical decision-making process
  • works in team
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Lecture 1. Basics of international security and theoretical approaches to its study. Old and new concepts and realities of security: changing the environment. International security organizations. WMD. Revolution in military affairs.
  • Seminar 1. International security organizations. Military conflicts. International armed humanitarian interventions and peacekeeping
  • Seminar 2. Weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Nuclear deterrence
  • Seminar 3. Arms race, control and disarmament in modern world. Space security. Revolution in Military Affairs. Comprehensive military deterrence.
  • Seminar 4 on Key aspects of the Block II topics of the course.
  • Seminar 5. American and European patterns of global and regional security.
  • Seminar 6. Russian and Chinese patterns of global and regional security
  • Seminars 7 - 9. Students’ group presentations on case-studies in traditional security
  • Seminar 10 on Key aspects of the Block III topics of the course
  • Seminar 11. Terrorism as a universal danger. Growth of nationalism, extremism.
  • Seminar 12. Climate change, medical pandemics, energy and food shortage.
  • Seminar 13. IT and cyber security. Course conclusion
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in class discussion
    Assessment will be based on preparation of the readings assigned to each tutorial, participation in class discussion with the focus on qualitative contribution to the discussion, ability to answer questions based on the readings, come up with own interpretations and react to comments made by the instructor and other students. Students are expected to be actively involved in discussions in-class, read the literature assigned to the course and be ready to apply the information to their own research.
  • non-blocking Group PPT-based report in class
    Group PPT-based report in class (by duration of up to 8-10 minutes and by volume of up to 10 slides) on a case-study in the field of traditional international security. Recommended list of case-studies, guidelines to and requirements for their preparation will be provided by the instructor. Students should propose the topic for this in-class presentation for approval by the instructor no later than by the class 3 of the course). Presentation must be prepared by a group of students (2 in a group) and made during the class 5 of the course. Each student must take part in the presentation of the report. The PPT-based report on a traditional security issue should be sent to the instructor at the same day of its presentation in class.
  • non-blocking Essay
    Essay should be an original piece of research and also it may be a critical review of the existing literature on a chosen topic (students should propose the topic and format of the paper for approval by the instructor no later than by the class 8 of the course). The essay could be prepared individually or by a group of two students, and it should focus on one or several aspects of the second part of the course. The essay is due five days after the class 7 of the course.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Group PPT-based report in class + 0.5 * Participation in class discussion


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Buzan, B., & Hansen, L. (2009). The Evolution of International Security Studies. Cambridge University Press.
  • Gheciu, Alexandra, and William C. Wohlforth, eds. The Oxford Handbook of International Security. Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • The handbook of global security policy ed. by Mary Kaldor . (2014).

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Behnke, A. aut. (2013). NATO’s security discourse after the Cold War representing the West Andreas Behnke.
  • Eichler, J. (2016). War, Peace and International Security : From Sarajevo to Crimea. [Place of publication not identified]: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1436736
  • Enrico Fels, Jan-Frederik Kremer, & Katharina Kronenberg. (2012). Power in the 21st Century : International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World. Springer.
  • Goswami, N. (2021). The Proliferation of Space Weapons Among Asia-Pacific Nations. Global Asia, 16(2), 60–65.
  • Miles Pomper, & Richard Pilch. (2021). Asia-Pacific Perspective on Biological Weapons and Nuclear Deterrence in the Pandemic Era. Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, 4(S1), 342–367. https://doi.org/10.1080/25751654.2021.1880787
  • Schreier, F. (2009). WMD Proliferation: Vol. 1st ed. Potomac Books.
  • Topychkanov, P. (2021). Myriad Risks: Nuclear Doctrines in the Asia-Pacific. Global Asia, 16(2), 22–25.
  • Tsygankov, A. P. (2019). Russia’s Foreign Policy : Change and Continuity in National Identity (Vol. Fifth edition). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2031489