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Introduction to Security Studies

Informacje ogólne

Kod przedmiotu: 2102-ANG-L-D2ITSS Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.1 / (0312) Politologia i wiedza o społeczeństwie
Nazwa przedmiotu: Introduction to Security Studies
Jednostka: Wydział Nauk Politycznych i Studiów Międzynarodowych
Grupy: Nauki Polityczne -ANG-DZIENNE I STOPNIA - 2 semestr 1 rok - przedmioty obowiązkowe
Punkty ECTS i inne: 4.00
Język prowadzenia: angielski
Założenia (opisowo):


Tryb prowadzenia:

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Skrócony opis:

The course seeks to create within students a basic understanding of theoretical concepts in security studies as well as the major debates in the field. More so, the course seeks to produce students with an understanding of security threats at both domestic and international level and how relevant actors approach such concerns.

Key topics:

1. Security – introductory remarks: the concept of security and its evolution

2. Traditional and Cold War vision of security.

3. Armed conflicts – “Old Wars”

3. Post-Cold War International Security

4. Domestic and National Security Threats

5. Changing Security Concerns

6. Actors in National/International Security

7. Security Policies of Superpowers

Pełny opis:

1. Security – introductory remarks

The concept of security – an introduction (defining a security; main dimensions of security, main categories and classifications, evolution of understanding security in international relations, particularly since 1945, contemporary understanding of security in light of four main paradigms - realism, liberalism, constructivism, critical studies).

2. Traditional and Cold-war vision of security.

Traditional realm of security – traditional threats to security and evolution of international security order (model of balance of power – main types and manifestations, role of the alliances, issue of the balancer; collective security system) Legal framework for use of force: fundamental principles, issue of (armed) aggression (definition and understanding), and admissibility of preventive and preemptive use of force.

3. Armed conflicts – “Old Wars”

Armed conflict – key elements; traditional form of armed conflicts – the concept of “Old Wars” – sources and catalysts, main forms and manifestations, specificity of fighting parties and their methods of warfare, evolution and reasons for change

4. Post-Cold War International Security

The changing international order and the new nature of violent/armed conflicts, inter-state to intra-state conflicts – emergency of ‘new’ conflicts/wars, factors influencing the emergency of non-state actors in perpetuating violent conflicts

4. Domestic and National Security Threats

Current understanding of external aggression, new forms of external aggression, hybrid warfare, cyber-attacks - civil unrests, violent extremism, terrorism.

5. Changing Security Concerns

From military threats to non-military threats i.e. Ecological (natural disasters, climate change), Social (pandemics, food security), Economic (housing, income, taxes), Political (Human Rights), Cyber security – disinformation and privacy in the cyber space as a security issue

6. Actors in National/International Security

National Security: Governments and State Security Sector: role of Armed Forces in internal security; Institutions responsible for public/internal security: law enforcement institutions, special services, intelligence services, public safety institutions (i.e. rescue services etc.)

International Security: United Nations - UN approach to security, UN Peacekeeping - Regional Organisations (EU, NATO, Concept of Collective Security)

7. Security Policies of Superpowers

Case Studies of how great powers position themselves in international security in the present day (Military power – a case of US, economic superiority – a case of China)



Cavelty, M. D., & Balzacq, T. (2018). Routledge Handbook of Security Studies. Routledge, Taylor Francis Group. (or any later edition)

Collins, A. (2016). Contemporary Security Studies. Oxford University Press.

Betts, R. K. (1994). Conflict after the Cold War: Arguments on causes of war and peace. Allyn and Bacon.

Barry Buzan, Ole Jaap de Wilde, “Security. A New Framework of Analysis”, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder-London 1998.

Hough, P. (2004). Understanding global security. Routledge. (or any later edition)

Kaldor, M. (2012). New & and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a global era. Stanford University Press.

Price, R. M., & Zacher, M. W. (2004). The United Nations and global security. Palgrave Macmillan.

Williams, P. D. (2008). Security studies: An introduction. Routledge. (or any later edition)

Journal Articles

Doyle, R. B. (2007). The U.S. National Security Strategy: Policy, Process, Problems. Public Administration Review, 67(4), 624–629.

Glen, A. (2012). Key Challenges and Threats to National Security: The Polish Perspective. Connections, 11(3), 53–66.

Jervis, R. (1978). Cooperation under the Security Dilemma. World Politics, 30(2), 167–214.

Lynn-Jones, S. M. (1991). International Security Studies. International Studies Notes, 16/17(3/1), 53–63.

Online Publications

Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance. (2015, November). The security sector: Roles and responsibilities in security provision, management and oversight: DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance. DCAF. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from

Efekty uczenia się:

After the course, students are expected to be able to;

• Define security and unpack how the concept is understood in national and international politics

• Have basic knowledge on theoretical concepts underpinning security studies

• Have a general background on the evolution of security issues from the Cold War period to the present understanding of security

• Know security providers and have basic knowledge on the means of providing security in both domestic and international politics

• Understand the basics on what constitutes national and international security threats

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Attendance of classes (10%), a student is allowed a maximum of two absences, Group Presentations (in groups of 5 and there is need for all group members to participate) on a given topic (10%), a test/exam at the end of the semester in form of i) a quiz/multiple choice and ii) at least 2 short essays on given open questions, to select from 4 questions (80%).

Praktyki zawodowe:


Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2021/22" (zakończony)

Okres: 2022-02-21 - 2022-06-15
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Koordynatorzy: Marek Madej
Prowadzący grup: Marek Madej, Munyayiwashe Shumba
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