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This course aims to introduce students to Maritime Security from a geostrategic 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).
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Essay 2000 words (20%)
Policy Analysis Report 3000 words (40%)
A draft National Maritime Security Policy (40%)
Alternative Resit Assessment
A policy analysis report
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Conceptual||Understand||Understand maritime power and describe top maritime powers.|
|Procedural||Analyse||Analyse the security of maritime assets (both national and international assets)|
|Procedural||Analyse||Evaluate the security of critical maritime routes|
|Conceptual||Understand||Understand non-state maritime security challenges.|
|Conceptual||Understand||Understand key maritime strategic thinkers|
|Procedural||Analyse||Analyse Maritime Security Policy|