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Course Overview

This course seeks to address the salient security questions which have emerged in Europe in the 21st Century. Key areas of focus include the historical context which has led to the contemporary status quo, the institutional security architecture of Europe and a discussion of the motivations and challenges confronting core regional actors. The course will examine core theoretical concepts of strategy and geopolitics and these will be applied in the analysis of topical regional issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr David Walsh

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3
  • Either International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is intended to provide an objective, rigorous and instructive consideration of the contemporary security issues in Europe, and the primary learning aim is to provide students the intellectual tools required to assess geopolitical events and trends in a strategic manner. The course shall be split into three parts. The first will deal with the theoretical underpinnings of strategy and geopolitics. The second will focus on a critical appraisal of the contemporary security architecture of Europe (for example NATO and the European Union) and a contemplation of the foreign policy imperatives of major regional actors, (for example Russia and Germany). Finally, the third part of the course will draw upon understanding gained in the previous two, and allow students to investigate and assess the principle security challenges which exist in Europe today, including: the current tensions between NATO and Russia, the Ukraine crisis, energy security, the role of nuclear weapons in Europe and the emergence of disruptive technologies.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1 x 3000 Word Essay (40%), 1 x Exam (60%)

Formative Assessment

Formative Assessments in Tutorials



Course Learning Outcomes


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