IR7011 - Conflict and Security Governance

What will I learn on this module?

Today insecurities, or challenges to security emerge from a range of sources – be that tensions between states, civil war half way around the world, terrorism or the lack of resources and economic development elsewhere. Thus, processes and policies to address such insecurities and challenges can not rely on unilateral action alone; instead, states, regional and international organisations, and private companies are engaged in security governance. In this module you will learn about different ways of conceptualising security governance from the public to the private, and study a range of institutions, such as NATO, OSCE, the EU, the UN and other regional organisations to understand security as part of a framework of multi-level governance in the security domain.
This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of how international and regional organisations function to maintain international peace and security. You will critically analyse how states cooperate in the context of these organisation and how they respond to global and regional security challenges.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, interactive workshops, and independent learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to engage critically with contemporary and emerging news stories of conflict and security challenges. You will engage in critical discussion and analysis with the lecturer and your peers in guided workshops and seminars. Your learning will be supported by the electronic learning platform (eLP) Blackboard Ultra and electronic reading lists. You will receive formative feedback during lectures, workshops and seminars, and also summative feedback that will assist you in improving future work in response to your assignments.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will receive immediate feedback on formative work during the workshops. Small group work will support peer-to-peer learning.
You will have access to the e-learning portal with a dedicated internet site to support this module. The site will include electronic copies of module and lecture materials, further reading materials, important module announcements, tutor advice/guidance and further internet links.
Tutorial time will be available to all students (on a group or individual basis) during staff ‘office hours’ or upon appointment with a module tutor.These tutorials will help you advance your learning on a one-to-one basis by supporting both your learning of skills and the development of your specific interests in the subject.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically analyse the context within which political leaders identify, assess and manage risk and develop policy to address risk
2. Evaluate the role of international and national institutions in the development and implementation of security-related strategies & policies

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Synthesise and evaluate a range of governmental and academic literature to analyse the scope of security governance in a given area
4. Use professional tools of writing and representation to convey complex ideas, such as mapping exercises and reports

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Appreciate the diversity in security arrangements in different regions

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be carried out throughout the seminars where students will discuss issues and themes, and carrying out problem-orientated tasks relating to a wider range of issues pertinent to security governance.

The first summative assessment will be a 25 minute presentation on a given area of security governance, which will constitute 50% of your overall mark.

The second summative assessment will include a 2,500 word policy report and will constitute 50% of the module mark. The report will ask you to use the skills developed in the seminars to evaluate the academic and scholarly literature related to one area of security governance.





Module abstract

The intersection of globalisation and terrorism, as well as the relationship between conflict and migration raises profound questions about security for individuals, states, and regional and international organisations. Governing security today is a effort of multi-level governance. Moreover, it is pertinent to also address the concept of security in much broader terms. This module seeks to enhance your awareness of the issues surrounding security in the 21st century and of the evolving governance strategies designed to respond to the new security challenges.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 16 months full-time
3 other options available

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2023

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