IRSST206-22A (HAM)

International Relations: The Security Agenda

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Political Science and Public Policy

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Paper Description

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Security, according to Barry Buzan, “ranks prominently among the problems facing humanity”. It is the security agenda of international relations which is the focus of this paper. Security concerns all levels (individual, state and international), encompasses a broad range of issue areas, and is central to any understanding of contemporary international relations. In addition, this paper also seeks to address some of the main contemporary international issues including anarchy, climate change, health security, great power competition, nuclear weapons and international order. The paper provides an essential introduction to the sub-disclipline of security studies and represents the core 200 level paper of the IRSST minor. At the end of the paper, students will have gained a deeper understanding of international relations; been provided with an analytical framework which they can employ to further their understanding in the future; and have acquired an appreciation of a range of contemporary security issues.

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Paper Structure

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This paper utilises a blended learning approach including lectures, a forum on Moodle, and the provision of digital course materials including a reading list, plus news announcements. The forum on Moodle is based on the allocated reading for that week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • demonstrate their awareness and understanding of a range of contemporary security issues and key readings relating to these
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  • demonstrate an understanding of the main concepts contained in Buzan's analytical framework
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  • display an ability to apply selected aspects of this analytical framework to the current international environment
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Assessment

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There are 12 pieces of assessment: 10 reading exercises posted to the Moodle forum and two tests. The questions for the reading exercises are listed under the relevant topic in Moodle. Answers should be a maximum of 300 words. The tests take the form of short answer questions based on the lecture topics.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Week two reading exercise
17 Mar 2022
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
2. Week three reading exercise
24 Mar 2022
11:30 PM
5
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3. Week four reading exercise
31 Mar 2022
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
4. Week five reading exercise
7 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
5. Week six reading exercise
14 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
5
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6. Week nine reading exercise
5 May 2022
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
7. Test 1
6 May 2022
11:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Week ten reading exercise
12 May 2022
11:30 PM
5
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9. Week eleven reading exercise
19 May 2022
11:30 PM
5
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10. Week twelve reading exercise
26 May 2022
11:30 PM
5
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11. Week thirteen reading exercise
2 Jun 2022
11:30 PM
5
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12. Test 2
10 Jun 2022
11:30 PM
25
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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This course is based on Barry Buzan’s People, States and Fear: An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era [UA10.5.B89 2007] which is in the High Demand Collection in the Library and available as an eBook at: https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/lib/waikato/detail.action?docID=4806495.

The 2007 edition can be obtained from The Campus Bookstore and can also be purchased online from Rowman & Littlefield: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780955248818/People-States-and-Fear-An-Agenda-for-International-Security-Studies-in-the-Post-Cold-War-Era

For a useful overview of Buzan’s approach see Marianne Stone, Security According to Buzan: A Comprehensive Security Analysis, http://geest.msh-paris.fr/IMG/pdf/Security_for_Buzan.mp3.pdf

The articles and chapters for the reading exercises are required reading and can be found at Waikato Reading Lists (https://rl.talis.com/3/waikato/lists/36DCEFAF-D949-694C-09FF-BC7958A19B19.html?login=1) and on the Moodle page.

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Online Support

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The teaching of this paper is supported online using Moodle. This will normally be available from the beginning of teaching. To access Moodle you will need to log onto iWaikato and follow the links.

Moodle will be used for the provision of Panopto recordings and Power Point slides following the lecture for each topic (including relevant links to videos); the weekly readings and associated fora; feedback and grades for pieces of assessment; links to news items and commentaries about new and developing security issues; and information relating to any lecture changes and associated administrative matters.

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Workload

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The expected workload for the paper is an average of about 14 hours per week.
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Restricted papers: POLS206

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