Module 1: Security Environment

The aim of this Module is to provide students with an understanding of the contemporary security environment and its implications for security and defence. The module will examine the major drivers and trends of international security to address both the current and future security environment. The module will begin by introducing students to theories and approaches within international relations and security studies. Then, it will explore broad themes and geopolitical issues in the contemporary security environment. Through assessing the global political trends and emerging issues, such as technological developments, climate change, and populist and extremist challenges, students will reflect on how the wider security environment affects the Baltic region. Overall, the module will give students an understanding of the future security environment, allowing them to identify problematic security and defence trends and their implications for the Baltic states.

At the end of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the impact of changes to the security environment on the security and defence policy of Baltic states.
  2. Appraise the key drivers and trends in the wider security environment by critically applying theoretical models and concepts.
  3. Assess the security and defence implications of changes to the global and regional security environment.
Assignment Assessment
A group presentation on security and defence implications of changes in the security environment for the Baltic states, an individual paper based on the presentation and individual contributions to achievement of the module learning outcomes. Summative
Pass/Fail/Pass with Distinction
Credits: 5 ECTS  

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