These 2 hour sessions form the heart of the course and are staff led seminars which go ‘deep’ into the literature whilst pulling out to see and interrogate those ideas in application. The sessions are broadly split into 3 parts.
Part 1. Engagement (1st hr)
a. 3-4 readings set in advance. Bound in a course pack, all students will be expected to read the required readings.
b. 15-30 mins tutor led introduction to the topic, context to the readings, and outline of key questions to discuss of the text.
c. 20-30 mins discussion around these key questions, topics and issues raised by the students.
Part 2. Praxis and Activity
This 2nd hr is more practically orientated and activity led. Students may be asked to prepare something in advance or bring material with them. The sessions apply debates and concepts to specific contexts and/or relate to topical debates in the news and/or relate to the practice of geopolitical and security analysis.
Part. 3. Hot Debrief Lunch
The 3rd and non-compulsory hour runs into a lunch-time informal debriefing after the Engagement and Praxis session with Geopolitics and Security staff. Based on ‘hot debriefings’ used by emergency and operational planners, the aim is to immediately reflect on issues and themes brought up in the session, share ideas, build confidence and generally get to know each other. Normally, however, the conversation moves quite off topic!
These sessions see the direct employment of ideas developed in the programme through in-depth research projects outlined by visiting experts, the professional application of geopolitical and security analysis, and the representation of these themes through popular and creative expression such as in film.
These sessions have been designed by Careers to support your personal and professional development through the programme.