This innovative new course, one of the first of its kind in the UK, will examine the changing international and global context of security and governance in order to provide students with a thorough grounding in the social, political and economic aspects of the Homeland Security agenda, and its importance to the debates around terrorism and globalisation.
The programme is comparative in its approach and seeks to draw upon insights and best practice from around the world. The programme makes a particular point of seeking to understand how the new United States Department of Homeland Security operates and how British and European efforts compare. The course will also afford overseas students the opportunity to compare their own national arrangements with these recent developments in the USA, the UK and other EU countries.
Year 1 Modules
PS0702 Homeland Security (CORE, 30 Credits)
PS0704 Terrorism (CORE, 30 Credits)
Year 2 Modules
PS0701 Politics Postgraduate Dissertation (CORE, 60 Credits)
SO0547 Racism and Civil Rights (OPTION, 30 Credits)
SO0556 Issues in Crime and Social Control (OPTION, 30 Credits)
SO0901 Security Governance (CORE, 30 Credits)
COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
Students will study three core modules and one optional module. You will also submit a research/professional practice based dissertation. This combination of modules will enable students to acquire a good understanding of the key issues in this highly sensitive field.
The assessment of each module is designed to maintain intellectual and academic rigour and to encourage students in the development of their understanding of the subject area. Assessment methods will include: written assignments; presentations; the dissertation.
Recent changes in the field of national security will make this programme useful to anyone with career aspirations in this rapidly developing area. The programme will appeal, therefore to graduates with an established interest in security questions as well as to practitioners already engaged in the sector and in whatever capacity. The programme is designed to attract students wishing to pursue a career in both the public service - the police, the Immigration Service, HM Customs & Excise - as well as in the private security industry.