Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Security and International Relations of Central and Eastern Europe (Level 3) CEES3032

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This is a Level 3 course Non-Honours course taught through Central and East European Studies (CEES). This course explores various perspectives on security and international relations in the context of the experiences of the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.  This will include NATO, EU, OSCE and Council of Europe accession and membership, as well as relations with the USA, Russia, China and regional partnerships, such as the Visegrad Group, Weimar Group, and the Central European Initiative.

Timetable

One 2 hour class per week

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the CEES Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Grade D3 in CEES 2A and CEES 2B.

Excluded Courses

Security and International Relations of Central and Eastern Europe (Level 4)

Co-requisites

none

Assessment

■ 1500 word briefing paper (40%)

■ Oral Presentation on Briefing Paper (10%)

■ 90 minute unseen exam (50%)

 

Adjustments and/or alternative modes of assessment will be available for students with disabilities that hinder attendance and/or public speaking.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course examines security and international relations in the context of the experiences of the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. This course aims to:

 

■ Provide students with a broad understanding of the conceptualisation and theory of security across multiple levels (e.g. military, political, economic, environmental and societal);

■ Enable students to utilise security and international relations theory as a framework within which to analyse post-Cold War experiences of Central and Eastern Europe;

■ Encourage students to critically consider the role played by Central and Eastern Europe within the wider context of post-Cold War international relations;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 

■ Evaluate competing theories/perspectives on security;

■ Compare and contrast perceptions of post-Cold War security among the states of Central and Eastern Europe;

■ Define the various referent objects of security in Central and Eastern Europe;

■ Explain the role and influence of international organisations (NATO, EU, Council of Europe, OSCE) on the development of post-Cold War security and international relations in Central and Eastern Europe;

■ Use a variety of visual, audio and written primary and secondary sources to support their learning;

■ Present knowledge acquired during the course in coherent written and verbal manner;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.