Lobal Security:Transnational Organised Crime, Smuggling and Illicit Trade The impact on uk and other western european countries.


A 3,000-word project on a major security issue. Investigate the topic and provide a critical analysis of a major security issue and assess its regional and/or global significance..

Show a critical awareness of the debate on the (re)conceptulisation of security.
Demonstrate a sound knowledge of a range of traditional and non-conventional security issues.
Analyse international news within the broader context of global security.

Define the concept of security, demonstrating a critical awareness of both traditional and non-conventional security issues.

Analyse a major security issue and assess its regional and/or global significance, relating the discussion to the relevant news events. A variety of academic, media and internet sources should be consulted. A significant security issue should be researched, not just a major event.

The project should normally consist of three parts:

1. Introduction

First, you should explain the aim of the project, i.e. what is the focus of your work, what are the arguments you wish to present, and what do you hope to achieve in the project?

Second, you need to mention the material you have consulted, explaining what categories of sources (i.e. books, journals, magazines, newspapers, Internet sources, etc.) you have used and why. This would depend on what type of topic you are dealing with, and what is and is not available in our libraries.

Third, indicate how you would approach the topic. For example, is your project going to be based on documentary research? Or is it based on synthesis and evaluation of the existing literature? And finally, briefly explain the focus of each section of the project.

2. The Main Body (3 sections)

Please make sure that all material in the project is directly relevant to your chosen topic. Your arguments should be substantiated by appropriate examples, data and/or authoritative sources (i.e. arguments of or quotations from scholars/specialists in the field).

You are expected to refer to any relevant news events in your discussion of the selected security issue wherever possible. This can be evidenced by citing newspaper articles that are related to your topic.

· In the first section, you should provide a brief overview of the debate on the (re)conceptualisation of security. How is security defined traditionally? Why is there a need to broaden or redefine the concept of security? Explain and give examples of both traditional and non-conventional security issues. You also need to explain how your topic fits in with the debate. Is it a traditional or a  new security issue, or a combination of both? Why is it considered as a significant issue?

· In the second section, you should critically examine the nature of the chosen security issue(transnational organized crime) focusing on the key aspects of the issue. Each aspect of the topic could be discussed under a specific heading. In this section, you may need to provide a very brief background to the current issues but you are expected to analyse the issues rather than describing any events in detail.

· In the third section, you should consider how the issue might impact on regional and global security.

3. Conclusion

In the concluding section, you should refer back to your introduction, sum up the main points of your research and provide an interesting and convincing conclusion. You may express your own opinion in this section so long as it is based on a careful consideration and critical analysis of the relevant factors.
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