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ISS301: International Security Theory w/ Certificate

ISS301: International Security Theory w/ Certificate

Course Description


Dive into the intricate world of international security with our International Security Theory course. This course offers an engaging exploration of the key concepts, historical developments, and various theoretical frameworks that shape our understanding of international security. Students will begin by grasping the fundamental aspects of international security, its evolution, and the significant historical events that have influenced its trajectory.


Delving deeper, the course introduces a spectrum of security theories, including Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, and more, offering unique perspectives on international relations. Through the lens of Realism and Neorealism, participants will examine the balance of power and security dilemma. At the same time, Liberalism and Neoliberalism will provide insights into the role of interdependence and international institutions in promoting global security.


Furthermore, the course explores the impact of identity and norms on state behavior within the framework of Constructivism and Critical Theories, also considering postcolonial perspectives. In addressing contemporary challenges, the course encompasses critical issues like cybersecurity and climate change, assessing their implications for international security.


Enriched with case studies and critical assessments, this course is designed to impart theoretical knowledge and foster analytical skills, enabling students to critically evaluate various security theories and apply them to real-world scenarios. It's an ideal platform for those seeking to deepen their understanding and engage in the complex, ever-evolving field of international security.


Learning Outcomes


Grasp the Essentials of International Security: Develop a comprehensive understanding of the core concepts of international security, focusing on their evolution and historical significance.

Examine Security Theories in Depth: Cultivate the ability to critically analyze major security theories such as Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, Neorealism, and Neoliberalism, understanding their contributions to the field of international security.

Understand Realism and Neorealism Principles: Learn the foundational principles of Realism and Neorealism, focusing on concepts like the balance of power and the security dilemma and their relevance in international relations.

Explore Liberalism and Neoliberalism Concepts: Gain knowledge on the principles of Liberalism and Neoliberalism, particularly their roles in interdependence, international institutions, and the Democratic Peace Theory.

Analyze Constructivism and Critical Theories: Delve into Constructivism and various critical theories, understanding the impact of identity, norms, and postcolonial perspectives on international security.

Assess Contemporary Security Challenges: Acquire the skills to evaluate modern challenges to international security, such as cybersecurity and the effects of climate change on global security dynamics.

Apply Theories to Practical Scenarios: Enhance your ability to apply security theories to real-world situations, using case studies for practical understanding and critical assessment.

Evaluate the Role of Identity and Norms: Understand the influence of identity and norms within the framework of international security, analyzing their effects on state behavior.

Discuss Postcolonial Perspectives: Discuss postcolonial perspectives and their relevance to contemporary international security theories.

Historical Context and Evolution of Security Concepts: Trace the development of international security concepts over time, constructing a timeline that highlights critical historical events and their impact on the field.


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