Global Security - 1st semester


1)To gain a firm grasp of the main theories and methods in Security Studies, Global Studies and International Relations e to assess the heuristic value as well as the limitations of the mainstream theoretical approaches., critical security studies approaches, alternative as well as post-positivist approaches. 2) To understand the intricacies between the theorising and the practice of international relations in everyday life.3)Design, define and apply theoretical frameworks as well as analytical frame with regard central issues in the global security agenda and processes of global governance. 4) To Present, debate and write in a critical and empirically substantiated manner about SS and IR and their core concepts in their relation with the key questions in the agenda of global security, with contemporary events and historical processes at the regional and global levels of analysis.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandra Magnólia Dias


Weekly - 2

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Attendance is compulsory and the research students are expected to have read the recommended readings (journals’ articles and/or books’ chapters) and to actively engage in the Seminar’s debates with peers and invited guests. The students are expected to be able to read other languages than Portuguese.


Bevir, Mark; Daddow, Oliver; &, Hall, Ian, ed. Interpreting Global Security. London & N.Y.: Routledge, 2014. Booth, Ken. Theory of World Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Buzan, Barry. \"New Patterns of Global Security in the Twenty First Century.\" International Affairs 67 3 (1991): 431-51. Coker, Christopher. Globalisation and Insecurity in the Twenty-First Century:Nato and the Management of Risk. London: IISS, 2002. Dunne, Tim, and, Wheeler, Nicholas J., ed. Human Rights in Global Politics. Cambridge / New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007 Gaspar, Carlos. O Pós-Guerra Fria. Lisboa: Tinta-Da-China, 2016. Kaldor, Mary; Rangelov, Iavor, ed. Handbook of Global Security Policy: Wiley Blackwell, 2013. Wahlrab, Amentahru. \"Fostering Global Security.\" Rethinking Security in the Twentieth Century. Ed. Jacob, Edwin Daniel. N.Y.: Palgrave, 2017. 127-41.

Teaching method

The course consists of 10 seminars. Each Seminar has a Lecture component which provides an overview of a particular topic; the second component of the seminars probe more deeply into these topics based on the required readings for each session. The course comprises recommended readings that will be useful for presentations and for the final essay. In general, these texts are intended to provide a basis for seminar discussion, to introduce key concepts and issues about Theory/Praxis (Practice)/Research, and to act as a starting point for more advanced, independent enquiry into particular topics of relevance in the first year of a PhD Programme of Studies on Global Studies with a focus on the patterns of global security relations in the Twenty First Century.

Evaluation method

The Oral Participation including the short critical review of an article/Conference/Grey Literature, the Presentation of the Final Essay (30%) and the 8500-word Long essay (70%) make up the Course´s evaluation methodologies.

Subject matter

1)Introduction;2)Security Studies, International Relations and Strategy. Global Security: Challenges, Dynamics, Trends and patterns of global security relations;3)Mainstream Approaches. Realism’s resilience. Liberalism and the Democratic Peace Theory. Constructivism and Different Cultures of Anarchy; 4)Alternative Approaches. Peace Studies. Security & Risk(s); 5) Critical Security Studies (Wales School). Other European Schools: Copenhagen & Paris;6) Regional Organizations and Global Security Governance;7) Emerging Powers, Russia’s re-emergence and reconfiguration of the global order; 8) Human Security: A Global Public Good; 9) Brief Review Multiple Sources: Oral (Conference – youtube/podcast/webinar; grey literature; policy-oriented research; scholarly literature); 10) Transnational security challenges.


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