International and European Security, 7.5 credits

International and European Security, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Per Jansson

Course coordinator

Per Jansson

Director of studies or equivalent

Albin Algotson
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MER International and European Relations, Master's Programme - First and main admission round 2 (Spring 2025) 202509-202513 English Linköping, Valla C
F7MER International and European Relations, Master's Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 2 (Spring 2025) 202509-202513 English Linköping, Valla C

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in International and European Relations

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, in political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, philosophy, law,  sociology or equivalent

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B) (Exemption from Swedish 3)

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • understand and discuss different theories and conceptualizations of security;
  • analyze contemporary security issues, in a global, regional, and specifically European context;
  • recognize and critically discuss patterns of security relations in the world;
  • analyze and discuss the development and possible futures of the European Union in a security perspective.

Course content

The main themes of the course are:

  • theoretical approaches to security;
  • the deepening and broadening scope of security studies;
  • international and European structures and institutions for security;
  • the security policy process at different levels of the international and European system;
  • the Common Security and Foreign Policy of the European Union.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory.


The course is examined through a combination of compulsory seminars, written essay, and written examination at the end of the course.

Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is conducted in such a way that there are equal opportunities with regard to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
TENT Home Examination 6 credits EC
SEMI Seminars 1.5 credits EC


Smith, Michael E., (2017) International security : politics, policy, prospects Second edition [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

ISBN: 9781137582935, 9781137582928


Supplementary literature (Articles, reports and policy documents) can be found in the course room in Lisam.

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