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IR4535: MARITIME SECURITY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

This course aims to introduce students to Maritime Security from a strategic perspective. As a result, students are introduced to maritime strategic thinkers, maritime (naval) power and contemporary issues in Maritime Security. This course is a multidisciplinary course that combines elements from Maritime and International Law, Environmental Politics and Security, Economics (Blue Economy) and International Relations. The senior honours variant of this course will include an element of Policy analysis (Maritime Security Policy).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Manu Lekunze

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Either International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • IR3045 Maritime Security (Studied)
  • IR3545 Maritime Security (Studied)
  • IR4035 Maritime Security (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

In the changing international system, the maritime domain is moving to the fore of strategic considerations. While land borders for most of the countries on earth are demarcated, the maritime domain (which forms most of the earth) is mainly mare nullius. As more states gain the capability to project power in the maritime domain, the possibility of confrontation at sea is significantly heightened. Furthermore, with changing technology and the insatiable demand for natural resources, there is increasing attention to the resource of the maritime domain. Maritime assets such as oil platforms, undersea cables and wind farms continue to gain significance in national and international security considerations. Critical maritime routes (commercial shipping and strategic naval routes) have played a key role in national security throughout history. As a result, there is increasing interest in the politics, economics and security of the maritime domain at both national and international levels. This course aims to utilise the uniqueness of Aberdeen as a port city with strategic relevance to critical maritime routes, to introduce Maritime Security as a major theme in International Relations.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 34, 38 - 40

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Essay 2000 words (20%)
Policy Analysis Report 3000 words (40%)
A draft National Maritime Security Policy (40%)


Resit (for students taking the course in AY20/21)

A policy analysis report

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand key maritime strategic thinkers
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand maritime power and describe top maritime powers.
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse the security of maritime assets (both national and international assets)
ProceduralAnalyseEvaluate the security of critical maritime routes
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand non-state maritime security challenges.
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse Maritime Security Policy

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