Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Remy Davison


This unit commences with a detailed examination of key elements in the the European Union's regional and global security architecture. The unit studies the origins of European security after 1945, including the establishment of NATO; the development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) under the Maastricht Treaty; the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP); the European Security Strategy (ESS); and ESDP-NATO cooperation and collaboration. The unit includes case study materials, including the transatlantic security relationship; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); and 'Global NATO'.


  1. Students who complete this unit successfully will be able to distinguish between the concepts of traditional and non-traditional security and have a familiarity with the competing paradigms in the security studies literature.
  2. Students will comprehend the complexity of security policy decision-making within plurilateral defence agreement and alliance frameworks.
  3. Students will develop an understanding of the institutional and procedural aspects of European security policy.
  4. Students will gain exposure to the financial, legal and political aspects of security policy implementation.
  5. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts, parameters and architecture of European Security.
  6. Students will be able to recognize the challenges, limitations and utility of various security strategies.
  7. Students will acquire research skills by undertaking a research analysis of a major security policy area, utilizing primary and secondary-source materials.
  8. Students will develop skills in critical oral and written assessment of the academic scholarship, including methods, assumptions and uses of evidence, and in organising and defending a verbal and written argument based upon these assessments.


Class participation: 5%
Class debate presentation: 10%
Policy analysis (2000 words): 45%
Examination: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

1 x 2-hour seminar per week and 10 hours of private study per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


12 points at Level 2 in Politics or International Relations, or permission of the unit coordinator.