Module code: POL3087

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the key debate pertaining to security and diplomacy in Europe. Students have the opportunity to engage in contemporary debates using a range of different approaches. The module will highlight some of the key security actors in Europe and how they engage with some of the critical challenges which they face in the contemporary age.

Module provider


Module Leader

HADFIELD Amelia (Politics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

indicative content includes:
- Introduction to the approaches used in Security and Diplomacy
- Key actors in European Security and Diplomacy
- Key country approaches
- Critical challenges in security and diplomacy

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 50
Coursework BRIEFING NOTE (1000 WORDS) 25
Coursework REFLECTION NOTE (1000 WORDS) 25

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their analytical and empirical knowledge of a particular topic. The assessment pattern enables students to analyse critical debates in security and diplomacy in more depth and to make evident their ability to conduct research and construct a reasoned argument. Hence the assessment strategy is closely aligned to the module aims and outcomes as outlined above. Thus, the summative assessment for this module includes:
- Essay (2,000 words) / 50%
- Briefing note (1,000 words) / 25%
- Reflection note (1,000 words) / 25%

Module aims

  • Provide students with an opportunity to consider, analyse and debate a range of current issues in security and diplomacy in Europe.
  • Develop an understanding of complex issues in the field.
  • Apply relevant analytical skills to the analysis of contemporary security and diplomacy issues.
  • Develop skills in researching fast-moving contemporary political issues using a range of primary/secondary sources.
  • Develop debating and argumentation skills.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand and critically analyse complex security and diplomacy issues in contemporary European politics CKT
002 Understand and utilise a range of approaches which can be applied to the study of security and diplomacy CK
003 Understand and assess the challenges which different European actors face in the new security environment, and the tasks emanating from these CKPT
004 Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources on security and diplomacy to construct a reasoned argument CKT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Lecture/seminars, independent study

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.