ASTK18285U Maritime Security

Volume 2019/2020

Bachelor student (2012 programme curriculum): 10 ECTS

Bachelor student (2017 programme curriculum): 7.5 ECTS

Master student: 7.5 ECTS


In June 2018 the United Nations Security Council held its first debate on maritime security. Problems such as piracy, illegal fishing, human trafficking at sea and the smuggling of narcotics and other illicit goods, have increasingly occupied the international security agenda. This course reviews contemporary maritime security challenges in the light of contemporary security theory. Students will analyze responses to maritime security in their own research projects.

Learning Outcome


Gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary maritime security challenges, responses to them by diverse actors, as well as core approaches of analyzing and understanding them.



Practice core analytical skills including summarizing, processing, interpreting and presenting information.



Conduct small scale research project on contemporary security challenge.

Preliminary list of literature:


Aradau, Claudia, Jef Huysmans, Andrew McNeal and Nadine Voelckner (eds). 2014. “Critical Security Methods: New Frameworks for Analysis“, London: Routledge ,118-141.


Bueger, Christian. 2015. What is Maritime Security?, Marine Policy 53: 159-164.


Bueger, Christian and Timothy Edmunds. 2017. Beyond Seablindness: A New Agenda For Maritime Security Studies, International Affairs, 93(6):  1293–1311.

This course consists of three parts. Part 1 is a combination of lectures and discussion in which core perspectives on maritime security are introduced (session 1-3). Part 2 consists of class discussions on researching maritime security challenges. Part 3 has the format of a mini-conference in which the results of student research projects will be discussed.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Total
  • 28


Oral feedback on drafts of research essay during the mini-conference.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Free assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Free written assignment

Criteria for exam assesment
  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner