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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5323M European Defence and Security Analysis

30 creditsClass Size: 26

Module manager: Dr Neil Winn

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

European Security and Defence Analysis is designed to introduce students to the work of European Security Organisations. Students will be asked to consider the historical evolution of these organisations, their internal structures, their external relationships, the tools at their disposal and the central problems that they face. The course discusses these questions with reference to historical and contemporary case studies and examples, for example, the case of the former Yugoslavia. By the end of the course, students will be able to offer coherent insight and analysis into some of the central problems facing European societies today.


On completion of this module you should be able to:

a) demonstrate an awareness of the internal functioning and external relations of European security organisations;
b) demonstrate knowledge of the central issues facing these organisations;
c) demonstrate knowledge of the history of European Security Organisations;
d) engage in comparative analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of European Security Organisations;
e) demonstrate a knowledge of how the organisations have functioned with references to case studies and examples;
f) provide a coherent analysis of the future directions that these organisations may take;
g) make written presentations that are logically coherent, well-structured, informative and well-presented;
h) follow an independent line of research within the overall context of a guided reading list, seminar and lecture structure.


1. The European Security Community
2. European Political Co-operation
3. The Common Foreign and Security Policy
4. European Union Approaches to Crisis Management
5. European Union 'Joint Actions'
6. NATO During the Cold War
7. NATO since 1989: organisation and doctrinal changes
8. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
9. The Case of the former Yugoslavia
10. Europe and America

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will be required to prepare for discussions in seminars through extensive reading of sources listed on the module reading list. In addition to this, students should spend time preparing for their assessments which should include finding and using sources not listed on their reading list.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutorial presentations and participation

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 6,000 End of Term Essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 11:55:12


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