• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Learn how international law and international relations relate to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism or threats to environmental security.

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The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

Why study this course at Dundee?

Security and the maintenance and promotion of security are key issues in international law and international relations. There are many career opportunities in these areas ranging from employment with an intergovernmental organisation such as the United Nations, to employment in an international court or tribunal, to advising government and securing a role in the military.  If you intend to pursue such a career, then you will need a good understanding of why and how the international community and individual states are to respond to threats to international security.  For this, you will need to understand the context in which decisions are made. international law and international relations provide that context.

Our MSc in International Law & Security provides an overview of concepts and themes relating to the study of international security in the contemporary world, from a legal as well as an international relations point of view. It introduces both traditional and 'new' approaches to defining and conceptualising security and considers the impact of International Relations theories upon the subject. It also examines key issues such as war, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the privatisation of warfare, energy security and environmental degradation.

Our course will equip you with the necessary analytical tools to understand and evaluate all aspects of security in the contemporary world. The issues outlined above lie at the heart of our course, which provides an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the interactions of law and international relations and the way they combine to shape the responses of states to threats to security. The course also provides an opportunity to understand how those responses in turn shape international law and international relations.

 

What is so good about this course?

The University of Dundee runs two parallel masters degree in International Law & Security:

  • MSc International Law & Security for graduates in International Relations or similar subjects (i.e. this one), and
  • LLM International Law & Security for Law graduates

Who should study this course?

Are you thinking of a career in international law or international relations, as a legal practitioner, an adviser to government, within the military or police forces, or working with or for intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations, or NGOs such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent? Then this course (or its LLM equivalent) is aimed at you.

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The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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Politics is big enough to have a real international presence, but is still small and intimate enough to offer a friendly and responsive home for students from all backgrounds. This is more than a mere claim - independent surveys consistently rate Politics at Dundee as among the best-received courses in the country.

The Law staff publish widely and many are acknowledged leaders in their fields. Their research is internationally recognised and covers fields right across the legal spectrum. They also have very strong ties with the legal profession.

How you will be taught

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, independent research, seminars and presentations.

How you will be assessed

By assessed coursework, examination and dissertation (or research project report).

What you will study

The course is made up of three International Relations modules and three Law modules which are delivered during our two teaching semesters (Sep-Dec and Jan-Apr), and detailed below, as well as the Politics Dissertation which students usually write during the summer vacation.

All students take the Law week-long induction in September or January, plus the first half of the module Legal Research Skills (including the first assessment), usually in your first semester, but can be deferred to your second semester if you don't select any first semester Law modules.

September entry students

First Semester (Sep-Dec)
Three taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

Second Semester (Jan-Apr)
International Security (core module), plus two other taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

Summer period (May-Aug)
Politics Dissertation (60 credits) or Research Project (with integrated internship) (60 credits)

 

January entry students

First Semester (Jan-Apr)
International Security (core module), plus two other taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

Summer period (May-Aug)
Politics Dissertation (60 credits)

Second Semester (Sep-Dec)
Three taught 20-credit modules (from the list below).

 

Part time study

For part-time students the taught modules will be spread out over two years instead of one in a similar format as above, and the Dissertation will be undertaken during the summer period of the second year of study.

Typical optional modules available

International Criminal Justice

Module Convenor: Jacques Hartmann (j.hartmann@dundee.ac.uk, Room 3.20)

International criminal law (the core crimes of which are genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity) has developed considerably since efforts to hold individuals to account following World War I and II. This module aims to give students an advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to international criminal justice. In doing so, the module examines the progress of the law and institutions in this field and critically assesses the body of law that has emerged from the work of international tribunals, focusing on the International Criminal Court. The module further focuses on the problems related to bringing alleged international criminals to justice.

The Module consists of an introductory lecture, 5 substantive seminars, and a revision class (7 class meetings).

There will be one piece of assessed work in the form of an exam held during the December exam diet.  This will be a two-hour unseen exam, with the default format being requiring students to answer 2 questions from a choice of 4. There will also be one formative assessment during the semester.

Transnational Crime and Counter Terrorism

Module Convenors: Dr Jacques Hartmann (j.hartmann@dundee.ac.uk) Room 3.20.

The suppression of cross-border criminal activity has become a major global concern. This module aims to give students an advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to how states, acting together, are responding to transnational crime and international terrorism through a combination of international treaty obligations and national criminal laws. The modules examines multilateral ‘suppression conventions’ that oblige states parties to criminalise a broad range of activities, including drug trafficking, terrorism and transnational organised crime. The module also examines different types of international procedural cooperation, like extradition and mutual legal assistance that have been used in the suppression conventions.

The Module consists of an introductory lecture, 5 substantive seminars, and a revision class (7 class meetings). There will be one piece of assessed work in the form of a 4,000 word essay to be submitted after the teaching semester. The submission date will be in the first weeks of the exam diet. There will in addition be one piece of formative work, in the form of an essay of 1,500 words completed early in the semester.

Global Human Rights

Module Convenor: Dr Oche Onazi (o.onazi@dundee.ac.uk)

This is a Semester 2 module. The method of assessment is 100% by coursework (two pieces, the first being a 1500 word comprehension/opinion practice essay and the second a 4000 word essay).

The module seeks to promote students' understanding of the concept of human rights by considering the issue of the universality of human rights in the light of differing cultural traditions from across the globe. On the face of it the idea that human rights are universal seems straightforward, with an internationally agreed articulation of rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and developed in subsequent international covenants. On examination, however, it is clear that human rights may be conceived of and expressed in many different ways, some influenced by different cultural traditions, others reflecting different understandings of the practical value of the idea of human rights. The module seeks to explore a range of different articulations of human rights, considering both the instruments – international, regional and national – in which they have been formally expressed, and the cultural traditions and human inspirations which underlie their formal expression. The early seminars consider the idea of human rights as a characteristically Western concept, which has found practical expression in particular in the Bill of Rights of the USA, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and the International Bill of Rights, while subsequent seminars examine the concept from the differing perspectives of writers from the African continent, from the Islamic tradition, and from Asia (in particular India), matching these theoretical perspectives with corresponding articulations of human rights in regional and national instruments. It is the overall aim of the module to stimulate thought and discussion on the practical contribution of the human rights concept to the raising of human rights standards worldwide.

The module will be taught by means of five two-hour seminars, for which students will be expected to undertake extensive preparation. There will be an additional introductory seminar and an additional concluding seminar for the purposes of consolidation and exam revision.

Regional Human Rights Systems

Module Convenors: Professor Robin Churchill

This module aims to introduce students to the three principal regional systems for the protection of human rights (in Africa, the Americas and Europe). The module will explain why regional systems for the promotion and protection of human rights have been developed in addition to the global UN system, and explore the similarities and differences between those three systems. The various mechanisms for the enforcement of rights will be examined and their effectiveness assessed. The content of selected rights will analysed in detail.

UN Human Rights Law

Module Convenors: Professor Robin Churchill

The module aims to introduce students to the extensive law, institutions and procedures for the promotion and protection of human rights developed by the United Nations. It examines the work of various UN bodies, particularly the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the various committees of independent experts that have been set to monitor compliance with the principal human rights treaties. In addition, a number of specific rights will be analysed in detail, including the right to freedom from torture, the right to adequate housing, the rights of women and children, and equality and non-discrimination.

 

Module Reading List

Module details

This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of key concepts and methods of study in the area of International Politics and Security. We alert students to the different kinds of explanations which are offered for various characteristics and events which loom large in international politics.

Topics covered include:

  • the concepts of 'sovereignty' and its significance to the discourse & practice of international politics
  • the idea of 'power' in the international system
  • theories of integration
  • theories of aggression & war, historical explanations
  • explanations in social sciences
  • explanations and security studies
  • the concept of 'globalisation'

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  • 2 x 3,000-3,500 words (40 credit module)
  • 2 x 2,000-2,500 words (30 credit module)

Teaching

Teaching and learning is by two-hour seminars. Seminars will involve both the delivery of information, theory and concepts and student-led presentations. 

Discussion, face-to-face feedback and advice is facilitated by the support of the teaching staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the key concepts of International Politics and Security
  • An appreciation of how different subject materials require different forms of explanation or appreciation
  • An understanding of the basic premises of scientific, social scientific, international relations, and historical modes of explanation
  • Sensitivity to the problems of objectivity, making truth claims, and understanding
  • Awareness of contemporary debates about the problems of explanation, knowledge, and understanding
  • An ability to manipulate concepts and information in this area in an advanced analytical fashion

Module aims

  • A familiarity with the key debates among European security scholars, including CFSP and JHA policy scholars, concerning the nature of the actorness of the European Union, its foreign policy agenda, and its relations to institutions, such as the UN, and other regional, international and supranational organisations, such as NATO, and their functioning.
  • An appreciation of the range of political and institutional influences that have shaped security in Europe.
  • The opportunity to develop transferable skills such as the appreciation of different interests and the ability to defend a point of view in the seminars.

Module details

To develop a knowledge and understanding of the development and functioning of European security, its institutions, decision-making, and negotiations.

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  • 2 x 3,500 word (40 credit)
  • 2 x 2,500 word (30 credit)

Teaching

This module is delivered through regular seminars. 

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module, students should be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the dynamics behind European security policy.
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the European Union's role in international relations, and its foreign policy agenda, as well as other international organisations, such as NATO, the UN, and other regional organisations.
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of decision-making in European Security Policy.
  • Analyse the major foreign policy agendas and demonstrate the ability to use primary documents.
  • Critically assess the central problems facing European Security Policy currently and in the future.
  • Through the essay research process, students will learn to manage time pressure, and make concise explanation of their arguments, and:
    • Demonstrate the development of research skills
    • Demonstrate subject specific research techniques
    • Apply a range of methodologies to complex political problems.
  • The essays will develop students’ critical capacities to assess both political and documentary evidence, and to make written arguments in a coherent, structured and persuasive way.
  • Preparation of the essays will help develop skills of information technology (word processing and the use of the internet for research purposes).
  • Through their seminar participations, students will be able to:
    • Perform their cultivated inter-personal skills
    • Perform their oral and written communication skills
    • Increase their confidence in making oral arguments and giving short presentations before an audience.
  • The seminar format will further encourage discussion and debate of differing viewpoints.

Module aims

  • The ability to differentiate between varying forms of terrorism in relation to the political and societal context from which they originate
  • The differing domestic, regional and international responses they provoke
  • The analytical tools to critically assess contemporary counterterrorism policies of Middle Eastern and extra-regional actors

Module details

Students will gain an understanding of the scope and nature of terrorism as it relates to the Middle East.

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  •  2 x 3,500 word (40 credit)
  •  2 x 2,500 word (30 credit)

Teaching

This module is delivered through regular seminars. 

Intended Learning Outcomes 

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. offer a detailed analysis of major manifestations of terrorism in the Middle East;
  2. explain the emergence of “new” forms of terrorism;
  3. identify the challenges regional and international actors face in confronting terrorism;
  4. assess the impact of Western counterterrorism policies on the evolvement of terrorism in the region;
  5. critically evaluate discourses on Middle Eastern terrorism within Western media and academia.

Transferrable Skills

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Through the essay research process, students will learn to manage time pressure, and make concise explanation of their arguments, and:
    1. Demonstrate the development of research skills
    2. Demonstrate subject specific research techniques
    3. Apply a range of methodologies to complex political problems
  2. The essays will develop students’ critical capacities to assess both political and documentary evidence, and to make written arguments in a coherent, structured and persuasive way.
  3. Preparation of the essays will help develop skills of information technology (word processing and the use of the internet for research purposes).
  4. Through their seminar participations, students will be able to:
    1. Perform their cultivated inter-personal skills
    2. Perform their oral and written communication skills
    3. Increase their confidence in making oral arguments and giving short presentations before an audience.
    4. The seminar format will further encourage discussion and debate of differing viewpoints.

Module details

In the first part of this module we examine the basic features of the Russian political and economic system and the key developments which have taken place since Russia emerged as an independent state in January 1992. We examine the interaction of Putin’s foreign, domestic and security policies and their impact on Russia’s democratic transition. Putin’s key aims are to make Russia a great economic world power and it would appear that he is willing to sacrifice democracy to achieve this aim. We also examine Russia’s search for a new identity. Is Russia a European, an Asian or a Eurasian country?

In the second part we turn to an examination of Russian foreign and security policies with a particular focus on the Putin era 2000-2014. An important area of discussion which runs through the module is the impact of Russia’s geopolitics on its foreign and security policies. In particular we shall focus on Russia’s relations with the EU and the countries of the "near abroad", but we shall also note the important developments that have taken place in Russia’s relations with Central Asia, the USA and China.

We also examine the impact of EU enlargement, NATO expansion and the colour revolutions on Russia’s domestic and security policy. Under Putin we have witnessed continuous efforts to restore Russia’s status as great power in the image of the old Soviet Union and more recently we have seen the adoption of a number of key policies aimed at bringing back key countries of the Near-Abroad into the Russian sphere of influence. Thus, for example we have seen the creation of the Eurasian Union which has been built around the existing free trade group of Russia, Belorussia, and Kazakhstan. More recently we have seen a battle between the EU and Russia over the "soul" of Ukraine which is seen in Russia as being the cradle of the Russian state and its orthodox religion. Does Russia’s annexation of Russia signal a radical turn in its relations with the West? Are we moving into another cold war?

Another key area covered by this module is Russian energy policy which has become a major plank of its foreign policy. Energy is the only major economic field where Russia plays a leading role - in all other areas, Russia cannot match the weight of the United States, China, Japan, or the European Union. By building new pipelines and terminals, using supplies to gain control of key infrastructure, keeping other CIS oil producers’ dependent on Russian pipelines, and opening a new window on Asia, Russia’s state agencies and oil companies have helped to shape the country’s relations with neighbours from west to east.

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  • 2 x 3,000-3,500 word (40 credit)
  • 2 x 2,000-2,500 word (30 credit)

Teaching

Learning and teaching is conducted through 10 weekly two-hour seminars plus student presentations, discussion and supervision.

Introductory Readings

  • Graeme Gill and James Young, Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society (Routledge, 2012)
  • Stephen White, Understanding Russian Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Richard Sakwa, Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia (Routledge, 2013).
  • Stephen White, Henry E. Hale, Richard Sakwa (eds.), Developments in Russian Politics 7 (Palgrave, 2009)
  • Jeffrey Mankoff, Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Council on Foreign Relations Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
  • Andrei P. Tsygankov, Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity  (3rd ed.   Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013).
  • Jackie Gower and Graham Timmins, Russia and Europe in the Twenty-First Century : an Uneasy Partnership (Anthem Press, 2009).
  • D. Johnson and P. Robinson (eds.), Perspectives on EU-Russia Relations (Routledge, 2013)
  • Adrian Dellecker and Thomas Gomart (eds.), Russian Energy Security and Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2011)
  • Jeronim Perovic, Robert W. Orttung, and Andreas Wenger, Russian Energy Power and Foreign Relations: Implications for Conflict and Cooperation (Routledge, 2009)

Module details

As the title suggests, this module lies close to the central concerns of the MLitt International Politics & Security degree. The module will explore and distinguish between:

  • transnational security which is concerned with intergovernmental action to deal with broad security threats, often of a non-political nature (cross-border crime; illegal drugs etc.), we cover:
    • the nature of contemporary transnational security threats
    • organized transnational crime
    • the 'terrorist' dimension
    • the relationship between international 'crime' and political conflict
    • the special case of drugs
    • forms of governmental responses to transnational security threats
    • cooperation and conflict in multi-state and multi-agency responses
  • multilateralsecurity which involves collective international action (in the form of peacekeeping; humanitarian intervention), usually through an international organization, to confront local threats to the general security of the international system, covering:
    • the dimensions of multilateralism in international security
    • international organizations and “traditional” collective security
    • the defining characteristics of peacekeeping
    • the new agenda of humanitarian intervention
    • peacemaking and peace-building

On completion of the module students will have an understanding of the many facets of international 'security' and the distinguishing characteristics of different categories of security challenge and unilateral and collective responses to them.

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted 3,000-3,500 word essays.

Teaching

Learning and teaching is conducted through 10 weekly two-hour seminars. Seminars will involve both the delivery of information, theory and concepts and student-led presentations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students should:

  • have an awareness of the complexity of contemporary security challenges faced by both the nation state and international organizations
  • inderstand the complex dynamics of unilateral, bilateral and multilateral security cooperation and their political implications
  • be aware of the common complicating factors in relations between national governments and the international organizations of which they are members in the pursuit of security ends.

The following skills will be developed in the course of the module:

  • capacity to location of relevant primary material relating to the concerns of the module
  • facility with textual analysis of primary and secondary material (principally government and international organization documentation)
  • development of capacity for written analysis, assessment and evaluation of relevant material
  • skill in oral presentation and explication of complex concepts and arguments in the area of transnational and multilateral security
  • a capacity to undertake effective cooperative group work

Module aims

  • To provide students with an understanding of the issue of terrorism and a comprehension of some of the problems for democratic states in Europe, as well as the European Union in responding to this threat.
  • To provide students with the analytical tools to systematically assess the phenomenon of terrorism, its increasingly international character, and varying national and European responses to the problem.
  • To provide a familiarity with the key debates among terrorism and counter-terrorism studies scholars concerning the nature of the threat, and the policy response to it.
  • To provide an appreciation of the range of political and institutional influences that have shaped the counter-terrorism policy development.
  • To develop transferable skills such as the appreciation of different interests and the ability to defend a point of view in the seminars.
  • To provide knowledge and understanding of the development and functioning of EU counter-terrorism, its institutions, decision-making, and negotiations.

Module details

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the issue of terrorism and a comprehension of some of the problems for democratic states in Europe, as well as the European Union in responding to this threat.

The Treaty on European Union stipulates that one of the key objectives of the European Union (EU) is to provide citizens with a high level of safety within an area of freedom, security and justice. Yet, when it comes to the measures taken to combat terrorism following the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks in the United States (US), has the EU lived up to this promise thus far?

The module provides students with the analytical tools to systematically assess the phenomenon of terrorism, its increasingly international character, and varying national and European responses to the problem.

Indicative topics include:

  • Definitions, Typology, Prehistory
  • Radicalisation and causes for terrorism
  • Religious based terrorism and Al-Qaeda
  • Counter-terrorism in the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
  • European Union multilateral terrorism cooperation with the US and the world
  • Terrorism in European Foreign Policy
  • The US Experience and EU-US transatlantic cooperation on counter-terrorism
  • What role for European military forces and NATO in the War on Terror?
  • The Future of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Case studies of terrorist groups, such as:

  • Northern Ireland
  • Red-brigades, Italy
  • Baader Meinhoff, Germany
  • ETA, Spain
  • USA
  • Russia and Chechnya
  • Al-Qaeda

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  •  2 x 3,500 word (40 credit)
  •  2 x 2,500 word (30 credit)

Indicative Reading

  • Booth, K. & T. Dunne (eds.), Worlds in Collision: Terror & the Future of Global Order, (2002)
  • Harmon, C. (2008), Terrorism Today, 2nd ed., (Routledge, Abingdon)
  • Hoffman, B. (2006) Inside Terrorism, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. 
  • Kaunert, C. (2010), European Internal Security - Towards Supranational Governance in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Manchester: Manchester University Press
  • Kaunert, C. S. Léonard, and P. Pawlak (eds.) (2012), European Homeland Security: A European strategy in the making?, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Laqueur, W. (2004), No End to War - Terrorism in the 21st century, (London: Continuum)
  • Mitsilegas, V., J. Monar, and W. Rees (2003) The European Union and Internal Security. Guardian of the People? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wilkinson, P. (2006) Terrorism Versus Democracy: The Liberal State Response, 2nd ed.
  • D. J. Whittaker (ed.), The Terrorism Reader, (2nd Edition), 2003
  • Wilkinson, P. (2006), Homeland Security in the UK (Routledge: Abingdon)
  • Wyn Rees (2006), Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, (London: Routledge)

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module, students should be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the dynamics behind terrorism and counter-terrorism in European security policy.
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the European Union's role in counter-terrorism policy.
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of decision-making in counter-terrorism policy in Europe.
  • Analyse the major counter-terrorism policy agendas in European countries and demonstrate the ability to use primary documents.
  • Critically assess the central problems facing European counter-terrorism policy currently and in the future.
  • Through the essay research process, students will learn to manage time pressure, and make concise explanation of their arguments, and:
    • Demonstrate the development of research skills
    • Demonstrate subject specific research techniques
    • Apply a range of methodologies to complex political problems.
  • The essays will develop students’ critical capacities to assess both political and documentary evidence, and to make written arguments in a coherent, structured and persuasive way.
  • Preparation of the essays will help develop skills of information technology (word processing and the use of the internet for research purposes).
  • Through their seminar participations, students will be able to:
    • Perform their cultivated inter-personal skills
    • Perform their oral and written communication skills
    • Increase their confidence in making oral arguments and giving short presentations before an audience.
  • The seminar format will further encourage discussion and debate of differing viewpoints.

Module aims

  • To introduce students to the study of human rights in international relations, particularly to regime theory;
  • To encourage students to examine human rights through the comparative perspective of international law and international relations;
  • To challenge students to analyze complex human rights problems and make informed arguments on these issues;
  • To give students the opportunity to discuss on-going human rights crises and topical issues using normative arguments and empirical literature; and
  • To facilitate the development of argumentative and research skills.

Module details

This module introduces students to regime theory in international relations and uses the international human rights regime as a case study. The creation, implementation, compliance, and enforcement of regimes will be discussed with reference to human rights-related issues. The focus of the module is on examining various explanations for the efficacy of the human rights regime in ensuring the protection of human rights by its member states. Evidence gathered utilising quantitative and qualitative methods will be presented to students for assessment.

We explore the following key areas:

  • regime theory
  • applying regime theory to understand the creation and implementation of the human rights regime
  • the role of polity type, civil war, economic development and civil society in regime compliance
  • the role of sanctions and armed intervention in regime enforcement
  • the role of actors such as transnational corporations and non-state armed groups that are outside the regime

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  •  two x 3,000-3,500 word essays (40 credit)
  •  two x 2,500 word essays (30 credit)

Teaching

This module is delivered through weekly seminars. 

Indicative Reading

  • Haas, Michael (2008) International Human Rights: A Comprehensive Introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Landman, Todd (2005) Protecting Human Rights: A Comparative Study, Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
  • Landman, Todd (2006) Studying Human Rights, Abingdon:Routledge.
  • Goodhart, Michael (2009) Human Rights: Politics and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fagan, Andrew (2010) The Atlas of Human Rights: Mapping Violations of Freedom Around the Globe, University of California Press.
  • Simmons, Beth (2010) Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Haggard, S. & Simmons, B. (1987) Theories of International Regimes, International Organization, 41, 491-517
  • Hasenclever, A., Mayer, P. & Rittberger, V. (1996) Interests, Power, Knowledge: The Study of International Regimes, Mershon International Studies Review, 40, 177-228
  • Hasenclever, A., Mayer, P. & Rittberger, V. (2000) Integrating Theories of International Regimes, Review of International Studies, 26, 3-33
  • Krasner, S. (1983) International Regimes. Cornell University Press
  • Oye, K. (1996) Cooperation under Anarchy. Princeton University Press
  • Rittberger, V. (1997) Regime Theory and International Relations. Clarendon Press

Intended Learning Outcomes 

Having successfully completed this module, students should have:

  • Knowledge of the basic literature and normative and empirical debates in human rights and international relations;
  • Knowledge of regime theory and its application to understanding the role of human rights in international relations;
  • Experience in the application of international relations theories and evidence to current issues;
  • Basic skills necessary to evaluate the methods and evidence used in academic, policy, and advocacy research; and
  • Improved essay writing and research skills.

Students will also be able to analyse and research normative and empirical issues concerning regime theory and human rights protection.

This modules aims to:

  • examine the dynamics of human rights abuses in conflict
  • understand the legal and political frameworks for addressing human rights abuses in conflict
  • explore the range of responses available to remedy human rights abuses in conflict
  • understand the potential and limitations of these responses

Topics covered include:

  • Human rights abuses as driver and outcome of conflict
  • Ethics of humanitarian intervention
  • Related responses to mass atrocities: humanitarianism, peacekeeping, prosecutions, other forms of accountability
  • Who should intervene?
  • Case studies, potentially including Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur, Syria

Assessment:
The course comprises a 1500 word critical case study (30% of the assessment weighting for the module) and 3500 word final essay (70% of the assessment weighting for the module).

Graduates from this degree are likely to pursue careers with international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union, or institutions such as the International Court of Justice. You will also be well placed to pursue a career as a government adviser.

Graduates from our Politics & International Relations degrees have successfully pursued careers in politics and diplomacy.

With its distinctive interdisciplinary features and distinctive opportunity to combine theory with practice, graduates from this course are highly valuable to employers as they gain expertise across at least two disciplines.

Normally an upper second class first degree in International Relations, Law or a related discipline; applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may be considered.

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Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

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  Degree Course code
Apply nowInternational Law & Security MScP060246

Course Contact

Professor Kurt Mills
Social Sciences
k.a.mills@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 384974

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