This course is available as both a Standalone Short Course and Short Course for Credit.
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This course will provide you with an introduction to the environment in which a wide range of multilateral and national, state and non-state, public and private actors, in both developed and developing countries, address changing conceptions of national security in the face of new emerging global trends. 

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • LocationOnline
  • Cost

    Short Course for Credit fee - £860

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,490

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the concept of national security against the evolution of theories within the field of security studies; 
  • Examine various theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of national security;
  • Assess contemporary understandings and practices of leadership and management of security in the face of emerging, unconventional global security trends;
  • Evaluate the role that the concepts of governance, state capacity and development play when looking at the role of states in the contemporary national, regional and international security environments;
  • Assess global trends through the application of a range of security perspectives, typologies and levels of analysis.

Core content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The concept of National Security in the 21st Century: Security for whom and from what, by whom and how?   
  • Traditional National Security challenges
  • Unconventional National Security challenges
  • National Security Agendas and Actors – Who leads? 
  • National Security Agendas, Processes and Solutions – How is it managed? 
  • Upgrade to a professional qualification

    After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Leadership and Security Pathway of the Defence and Security Programme (Leadership and Management) MSc

    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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