International Security and Conflict

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Security and Conflict

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course provides an introduction to and overview of the concepts and approaches used to analyse the causes of war, conflict, and peace in the international system. The goal is to understand the typical path to war or peace.Why do some states choose force and conflict while others do not? What do we know about conflict from both empirical-data based investigations and traditional case based studies? We will also be covering recent relevant security issues and debates through contemporary book selections. We will not be covering internal or civil wars since these are wars of a different ?type? and require a different theoretical background.
    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    • Analyse the major social science findings regarding the causes of war and peace;
    • Think scientifically about social phenomena;
    • Interpret statistical articles and apply them to historical and contemporary situations;
    • Make inferences from evidence;
    • Explore contemporary security debates.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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