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International Security


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Class code A6272
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 木2/Thu.2
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 2~4
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Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

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Outline and objectives

This course covers the approaches to security studies, a sub-discipline of International Relations (IR). Security studies mainly examines the causes of war; the conditions for peace; strategies for avoiding conflict, managing and resolving disputes; and the impact of new technologies, weapons, actors and ideas on states’ calculations on whether to use force.


The course objectives are: (1) to enable students to develop a broader understanding of the key theories and concepts in security studies; (2) to examine major security challenges in the international arena through the lens of theories and concepts; (3) to acquire the ability to form their own answers to enduring and contemporary questions inherent in international security studies.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)

This course has two segments: First, presenting major theories and concepts in security studies, necessary for understanding contemporary security policies and issues.
Second, examining contemporary security challenges related to arms buildup, nuclear proliferation, armed conflicts, mass killings, terrorism, and transnational organized crime.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No





2:Military Security

Exploring the concepts of military security

3:Regime Security

Exploring the concepts of regime security

4:Societal Security

Exploring the concepts of societal security

5:Human Security

Exploring the concepts of human security

6:Environmental Security

Exploring the concepts of enviromental security

7:Group Discussion

Discussion on major topics covered by week 2-6

8:Mid-term Exam and Review

Written test and review of week 2-7

9:The Evolution of Modern Warfare

Examining changes in warfare

10:The Arms Trade

Examining the key aspects of the contemporary arms trade

11:Nuclear Proliferation

Examining the important aspects of nuclear proliferation

12:Humanitarian Intervention

Providing an overview of the heated debate in terms of the validity of humanitarian intervention


Analyzing the threat that terrorism poses to countries and the world

14:Final Exam and Wrap-Up

Written test and review of major topics covered by week 9-13

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students are required to have read the relevant chapters for the books listed in the reference section before attending the lecture. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


Collins, Allan (ed). Contemporary Security Studies, Fifth edition. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Williams, Paul D and McDonald, Matt (ed). Security Studies: An Introduction. Third edition. Routledge, 2018.


Baylis, John, Wirtz, James J and Gray, Colin S. Strategy in the Contemporary World. Sixth Edition. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Grading criteria

Contribution to discussion (15%), mid-term examination (40%), final examination (45%)

Changes following student comments

Handouts to be provided in a timely manner.


Non-GIS students wishing to take part in this course
should have adequate English skills to complete the
course work and assignments.