Critical Security Studies

The MCSS seeks to provide outstanding prospective graduate students and professionals with the skills, knowledge and ethical framework to address emerging security issues related to Qatar, the region and the international community. The program is designed for Qatari and other Arabic-speaking graduate students seeking to launch or advance their careers in governmental defense policy, foreign affairs, security, academia, public policy, public administration, and journalism. Hence, the MCSS graduates will develop skills relevant to a wide range of organizations, including foreign and defense ministries, think tanks, and militaries. Students undertaking the program will become more confident, strategic, critical thinkers with the potential to lead on the development and execution of strategic security policies in an uncertain, culturally-diverse and resource constrained world.

A main objective of the MCSS is to proffer Qatari and other Arabic-speaking graduate students an opportunity to master security studies, including in-depth understandings of non-state armed actors, terrorism and its causes, civil-military relations, and human and environmental security. The uniqueness of the program stems from several components, including the critical approaches to the existing body of knowledge in Security Studies, Arab knowledge-contribution tailored to Qatar and the region, the depth and breadth of the issue-areas covered (classic, new, soft and hard security issues) in 12 different courses, and the international excellence and world-renowned faculty. The other objective of the MCSS is to create a center of excellence that has the ability to generate first class knowledge in Critical Security Studies and disseminate best practices capable of supporting policy and decision-making across the Middle East and North Africa.

The MCSS is a two-year master's degree that offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of subjects. Each module of the program aims to develop the students' abilities to apply the knowledge and insights gained about security environments and critically reflect on it. This will be delivered through a range of teaching methods.

The MCSS program consists of four semesters offered over a span of two years. A minimum of 42 credits, including the successful completion and oral defense of a Master's Dissertation (6 credit hours) are required for a Master's degree in Critical Security Studies. The course list below presents the core and elective (or special topics) courses.


1- Program Requirements (24 credits)

The program requires students to take eight core courses (24 credit hours in taught courses) as follows:

    1. A- Core Courses

    2. -MCSS 601 – Critical Security Studies (3 credit hours).

    3. -MCSS 602 – Strategic Theories and Warfare (3 credit hours).

    4. -MCSS 603 – Civil-Military Relations (3 credit hours).

    5. -MCSS 604 – Environmental and Human Security (3 credit hours).

    6. -MCSS 605 – Regional and International Security (3 credit hours)

    7. -MCSS 606 – Armed Non-State Actors (3 credit hours)

    8. -MCSS 610 – Undersanding Conflict (3 credit hours)

    9. -MCSS 615 – Research Methods (3 credit hours)


    10. B- Program Electives

Students must choose four electives (totaling 12 credit hours) from courses offered by other schools and centres in the DI such as Centre of Conflict Management and Humanitarian Studies, the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, School of Public Administration and Development Economic and the School of Psychology and Social Work.


2-MCSS 699: The Dissertation (6 credits)

Completion of the MCSS program entails researching and writing a dissertation (12,000-18,000 words) on a relevant topic in security, military and/or strategic studies. The dissertation is the opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge, and research capabilities acquired during the taught parts of the program.

 

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