This course provides an introduction and (partial) overview of recent debates in International Security Studies. It will deal with some of the discipline’s “classical” topics and foundational texts (alliance theory, deterrence, and the causes of war) as well as explore a variety of newer international security issues and approaches. Questions addressed will include: the systemic impact of violent conflict, cooperation under the security dilemma, cyber-security, and gendered approaches to international security. The reading list includes a variety of concepts and approaches to encourage different strategies for research. The approach is eclectic, and broad enough to allow students to explore a range of conceptual and practical issues within contemporary mainstream security studies.