Prospectus

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Global Politics of Cyber Security

Course
2023-2024

Admission requirements

Admission only after intake, please see our website

Admission only for those who are enrolled in the governance track.

Description

The politics of cybersecurity, like internet communications themselves, is transnational, operating across and beyond state borders. National politics greatly affects cybersecurity, as political decisions determine national cybersecurity strategies and relevant legislation. This course therefore examines the global politics of cybersecurity, drawing on international relations theories to put questions of cybersecurity in their appropriate theoretical context. It explores the conceptual underpinnings of common terms like cyber conflict, espionage, and war. It critically examines the growth of international norm initiatives and their future potential, and the emergence of foreign interference through disinformation and influence operations. The course pays special attention to difficulties in empirical measurement, attribution, and data collection.

Course objectives

After completing this module successfully, participants will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of the different theories on international relations and global politics, the implications of cyberspace and the internet for traditional notions such as sovereignty, power, war and conflict, and how key events have led to the current state of affairs

  • knowledge of challenges states face when designing cybersecurity strategies to manage the risks resulting from the emergence of cyberspace

After completing this module successfully, participants will be able to:

  • apply conceptual knowledge of political theories and technical aspects to specific situations and case-studies;

  • translate empirical observations of cyber-events into concepts, trends and theories and communicate about these concepts in a clear and concise way;

  • apply knowledge of the global politics of cybersecurity to practical, policy-orientated questions;

  • use a sound knowledge base of the global politics of cybersecurity to determine the reliability of reporting on cybersecurity issues and contextualize new developments.

Timetable

On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, seminars, exercises, class discussion
Core lecturer: Dr.Jelena Vićić

Assessment method

Assignment (40%)
*50% of final grade
*Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course
*Re-sit of a fail is possible.
*Re-sit will take the same form

Written exam (60%)
*50% of final grade
*Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course
*Re-sit of a fail is possible.
*Re-sit will take the same form

Reading list

Compulsory literature and literature for further consultation will be announced via Brightspace

Registration

No registration is required for lectures and exams.

Contact

Dr. Jelena Vićić M.I. Warner, study coordinator

Remarks

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