Course Description

Course Name

International Security and Conflict

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


This course provides an introduction to and overview of the concepts and approaches used to analyse the causes of war, conflict, and peace in the international system. The goal is to understand the typical path to war or peace.Why do some states choose force and conflict while others do not? What do we know about conflict from both empirical-data based investigations and traditional case based studies? We will also be covering recent relevant security issues and debates through contemporary book selections. We will not be covering internal or civil wars since these are wars of a different ?type? and require a different theoretical background.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
  • Analyse the major social science findings regarding the causes of war and peace;
  • Think scientifically about social phenomena;
  • Interpret statistical articles and apply them to historical and contemporary situations;
  • Make inferences from evidence;
  • Explore contemporary security debates.

*Course content subject to change