A significant proportion of world trade and energy supplies moves by ship.  The oceans are thus one of the most critical facilitators of global prosperity. Maritime security is the use of national and international maritime power to ensure this movement is maintained. But doing so is becoming increasingly challenging.   This course introduces students to one of the fundamental strategic security dilemmas of the 21st century – keeping the seas both free and secure.

Course content

  • The Maritime Contribution to the International Political Economy
  • Maritime Insecurity: what, where and how?
  • Maritime Geopolitics
  • Maritime Security Case Study: Piracy in the Malacca Straits
  • Maritime Security Case study: The Proliferation Security Initiative (countering the seaborne proliferation of weapons of mass destruction)
  • Maritime Security Case Study: The Gaza Counter-arms Smuggling Initiative
  • Maritime Security Case Study: Somali Piracy 2008 - 2012
  • Towards a theory of maritime security - ‘The Maritime Security Space’
  • Naval Strategy and Maritime Security
  • Critical Analysis - The UK National Maritime Security Strategy
  • Future issues with Maritime Security
4 days
Any campus environment with access to electronic projection facilities

Entry requirements

This course is lecture based with programmed periods for question and answer and plenary sessions. Some overnight reading will be required. It has been designed to particularly appeal to:

  • Policy and law makers wishing to understand the geopolitical and geostrategic importance of the high seas from a practical perspective
  • Naval officers wishing to examine the use of naval power from a security perspective
  • Academics seeking to enhance their understanding of the practice of military strategy
  • Maritime sector executives wishing to broaden their understanding of security issues
  • International Relations students seeking to explore the unique politics of the high sea

Prospective students should have a good grasp of written and spoken English and a basic understanding of military and nautical terminology.

Key Benefits

Students undertaking this course will gain:

  • An introduction to the key concepts of maritime regulation and law
  • The knowledge and perspective to engage with the subject, the maritime industry and navies/coastguards from an informed perspective
  • An awareness of the issues that will shape, challenge and influence maritime security in the 21st Century