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The concept of security has-been challenged in the 21 st Century, as new systemic Pressures and threats-have Impacted on the international security environment. The purpose of this module is to introduce the students to the concepts and practices that underpin international security in the post-Cold War era. It will also consider some of the international structures and conditions that affect patterns of security in the contemporary system. Divided into two parts, the first part considers the state of the world and its traditional security architecture has been attacked by globalization, the rise of new forms, and aggressive forms of intervention. The second part will examine the transition of power in the post-Cold War era, religious and political ideologies and their impact on security, and the management of security through alliances and institutions. Taken together, the module will provide a comprehensive assessment of the current and future challenges facing the international system.