Course: International Security

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Course title International Security
Course code KAP/MB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ponížilová Martina, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Cabadová Waisová Šárka, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Security studies as an IR sub-field, key terms of security analysis 2. Development of the concept of security, from national security to human security 3. Changes in international security in the 20th and 21st century; development of military strategy, new kinds of conflict, new forms of warfare 4. Guest lecturer - Czech military reform 5. War and peace in IR, neutrality 6. UN and its role in the field of international security 7. Regional security, concepts and reality + selected regional security organisations (NATO, EU) 8. Armament and disarmament, major trends 9. Terrorism as a current IR issue

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Seminar
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 40 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
After passing the course, students will be able to: - identify changes of international system in 20th and 21st century - understand major trends in international politics - define and describe new definition of security related to the changes and trends in current international politics - explain theoretical models of security systems - contextualite the concept of security sectors - apply the knowledge to practical examples
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
assessment methods
Written exam
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
Recommended literature
  • NATO handbook. Brussels : NATO Office of Information and Press, 2001. ISBN 92-845-0146-6.
  • Haftendron, Helga. The Security Puzzle: Theory-Building and Discipline-Building in International Security.. In: International Studies Quarterly, 35, 1, s. 3 - 17, 1991.
  • kol. OSN. Základní údaje o Organizaci spojených národů. Praha, 2002.
  • Mearshiemer, John. Back to the Future: Instability in Europe after the cold War.. In: International Security, 15, 1, s. 5 - 56, 1990.
  • Toffler, Alvin; Tofflerová, Heidi. Válka a antiválka : jak porozumět dnešnímu globálnímu chaosu. Praha : Dokořán, 2002. ISBN 80-86569-16-0.
  • Waisová, Šárka. Bezpečnost a strategie: východiska, stav, perspektivy. Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk: Dobrá voda., 2003. ISBN 80-86473-46-5.
  • Waisová, Šárka. Současné otázky mezinárodní bezpečnosti. 1. vyd. Dobrá Voda : Aleš Čeněk, 2003. ISBN 80-86473-42-2.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts International Relations and East European Studies (11-5) Social sciences 2 Winter