Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 333 International Security Undergraduate 3 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 1 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Selma Delalić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. Dr. Selma Delalić Selma Delalić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The course provides a comprehensive overview of strategic studies and security studies as subfields of International Relations. It will examine the various dimensions of security, causes of war, and the role of non-state actors in the increasingly globalizing world.

To provide a historical and theoretical exploration into how
war and security affect our lives and the study of international relations.

  1. • Theoretical perspectives on the causes of war • Past and Presence of Political Violence
  2. • The traditional routes to security: realism and liberalism
  3. • Feminist security studies • Human security
  4. • Constructing Security
  5. • Military security • Nuclear Proliferation • Terrorism
  6. • Intelligence and security
  7. • The rise of private military and security companies
  8. • Mid-term exam
  9. • Non-military security
  10. • Environmental Security
  11. • Crime and security
  12. • Health and security • Disasters and security
  13. • Institutions and security • UN
  14. • NATO • Regional security organizations
  15. • Final exam


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Students should be able to: • Understand the basic themes of classical strategic studies and critical security studies.
    • • Compare and contrast the benefits of strategic studies against the contemporary international environment.
    • • Analyze how changing definitions and understandings of security and war affect policy amongst states in world politics.
    • • Identify and give informed opinion regarding security issues in the second decade of the 21st century
    • Peter Hough, Shahin Malik, Andrew Moran and Bruce Pilbeam, 2015. International Security Studies, Theory and Practice. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0