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Thesis Seminar: International Security



The objective of this course is to deepen understanding of the theoretical approaches and intellectual debates which surround the most topical issues of international security by applying one such approach to a specific subject in a master’s thesis. A particular emphasis will be put on the analysis of “new” issues in security studies: transnational organized crime, terrorism, environmental security and human security. Students will be encouraged to deepen their understanding of theories and approaches and develop their own thinking by applying them to specific empirical cases. The focus of the seminar is broadly defined to allow students who are interested in issues of diversity and political conflict to benefit from working together on their projects. The first four weeks of Block 3 will be devoted to methodological and substantive issues, while the second part of Blok 3 will be used for writing the thesis proposal. During Block 4 there will be mostly individual meetings to monitor empirical work and the final writing of the thesis.

Methods of Instruction

seminar-style (part 1), small group meetings and individual supervision (part 2).


To be announced.


The final grade will be based on the thesis.


Block 3
Monday 31 January till 21 March, 11.00 -13.00 hrs. in SA37 and
Wednesday 2 February till 23 March, 11.00 -13.00 hrs., in 5B02 (except 16 February: 16.00-17.00 hrs in 5B02)

Block 4
Monday 28 March till 23 May, 11.00 – 13.00 hrs. in 1A37 (except 25 April, Eastern Monday) and
Wednesday 30 March till 25 May, 11.00 -13.00 hrs., in 1A15 (except 30 March 1A22)