Course Description

Course Name

International Security

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course outline
This course introduces the field of Security Studies in International Relations. We will begin by surveying major strands of international relations theory used to explain international security affairs. Next, we will apply key concepts and theories to analyze major security issues such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism. Each week focuses on a certain topic, combining lectures and classroom discussions.
The main aim of this course is to introduce and analyze the core debates in the field of International Security. Students will gain the knowledge and analytical skills they need to understand and evaluate competing ideas and apply different perspectives to current events.

Readings will be made available on the Blackboard course website. Optional texts are denoted by (Opt) and I recommend them if you like to learn more about the topic. Students who have not taken 'POLI331 Theories of International Relations' must read all optional texts along with the required ones. This version of the syllabus is tentative, which means that some of the readings will change. Please, make sure you keep informed about such changes.
Recommended Books:

  • Robert J. Art and Robert Jervis, eds., International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues, 8th ed. (New York: Pearson, 2007).
  • John J. Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (New York: W. W. Norton, 2001).
  • Scott D. Sagan and Kenneth N. Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate Renewed (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003).

*Course content subject to change