POLS 437 - International Security

  • 3 credits

This course seeks to explore and debate competing ideas of security in the hopes of getting a deeper understanding of what is meant by international and global security in the 21st century. By the end of the course, the student will be able to identify and discuss traditional security threats as well as those that are more unique to the present day, examine competing strategies for dealing with these threats, and critically evaluate the successes and failures of past and present thinking about security. By the end of the course, the student will have a richer understanding of 21st century international politics and a means of navigating the important debates about what kind of world in which we want to live.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Human Security in a Borderless World (2011)
    Reveron, Derek S. and Mahoney-Norris, Kathleen A.
    ISBN: 978-0813344850
  • International Security: Problems and Solutions (2006)
    Morgan, Patrick M.
    ISBN: 978-1568025872
  • Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd Ed. (2011)
    Townshend, Charles
    ISBN: 978-0199603947


Peter Harris


I teach classes on international security, US foreign policy, and international relations theory, and I am available to advise students (both graduate and undergraduate) on these topics and more. Most of my current research focuses on US foreign relations with other great powers, especially China. I have a keen interest in British and European politics.

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