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  1. Module Reading 1 item
    1. This is an interdisciplinary course that covers an array of topics. As such there is no single core text. However there are several texts that we shall visit and revisit during the course - these are listed in the section below - Cores/General Texts. 

       

      Key items in the weekly readings are marked as recommended and the other texts are for general reading

  2. Core/General Texts 34 items
    1. Critical security methods: new frameworks for analysis - Claudia Aradau, Jef Huysmans, Andrew W. Neal, Nadine Voelkner 2015

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Geopolitics: re-visioning world politics - Agnew, John A. 2003

      Book Recommended

    3. Contesting security: strategies and logics - Thierry Balzacq 2015

      Book Recommended Available in Library and as an e-book.

    4. The evolution of international security studies - Barry Buzan, Lene Hansen 2009

      Book Recommended Available in Library and as an e-book.

    5. Security: a new framework for analysis - Barry Buzan, Ole Wæver, Jaap de Wilde 1998

      Book Recommended

    6. Critical reflections on security and change - Stuart Croft, Terry Terriff 2000

      Book  Available in print in the library and as an e-book

    7. Security and environmental change - Simon Dalby 2011

      Book Recommended Available in Library and as an e-book.

    8. The geopolitics reader - Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Simon Dalby, Paul Routledge 1998 (electronic book)

      Book 

    9. Global politics: a new introduction - Jenny Edkins, Maja Zehfuss 2009

      Book 

    10. Environmental security: approaches and issues - Rita Floyd, Richard A. Matthew 2013

      Book 

    11. Security unbound: enacting democratic limits - Jef Huysmans 2014

      Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

    12. Security: a critical introduction - Lee Jarvis, Jack Holland 2015

      Book 

    13. Critical security studies: an introduction - Columba Peoples, Nick Vaughan-Williams 2010

      Book Recommended

    14. Violent cartographies: mapping cultures of war - Michael J. Shapiro 1997

      Book Recommended

  3. Week 1: The Construction of Security Boundaries and Environments 53 items
    Questions: 1. Is security a social construction? Discuss your answer in depth. 2. How are security and boundaries interrelated? 3. How does ‘widening and deepening’ security problematize more traditional conceptions? 4. Do our current maps of security have any limits and/or limitations?
    1. Required Readings 5 items
      1. Security - Holger Stritzel, Juha A. Vuori

        Chapter Recommended

    2. Additional readings 36 items
      1. Geopolitical traditions: a century of geopolitical thought - Klaus Dodds, David Atkinson 2000

        Book  Available in print in the library and as a e-book

      2. Mapping the nation - Gopal Balakrishnan 1996

        Book 

      3. The evolution of international security studies - Buzan, Barry, Hansen, Lene 2009

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book. Especially the introduction and chapter 7.

      4. Politics and the environment: from theory to practice - James Connelly 2012

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      5. Security and environmental change - Dalby, Simon 2011

        Book Recommended Especially the introduction and chapter 2.

      6. Critical approaches to international security - Fierke, K. M. 2007

        Book  Especially the introduction and chapter 1.

      7. Environmental security: approaches and issues - Rita Floyd, Richard A. Matthew 2013

        Book  Especially the introductory chapter.

      8. Globalization/anti-globalization - David Held, Anthony G. McGrew 2007

        Book 

      9. Mapping - Victoria Loughlan, Christian Olsson, Peer Schouten

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      10. Critical security studies: an introduction - Peoples, Columba, Vaughan-Williams, Nick 2010

        Book Recommended Especially introduction and chapter 1. Available in Library and as an e-book.

      11. Violent cartographies: mapping cultures of war - Shapiro, Michael J. 1997

        Book  Especially introduction and chapter 1.

      12. Interventions in the political geographies of walls - Karen E. Till, Juanita Sundberg, Wendy Pullan, Charis Psaltis 2013-3

        Article 

    3. Special Issues in Journals: [Collections of relevant articles] 12 items
      1. Global Society:

      2. Political Geography:

      3. Interventions on rethinking 'the border' in border studies - Corey Johnson, Reece Jones, Anssi Paasi, Louise Amoore 2011

        Article 

      4. The State of critical geopolitics - Marcus Power, David Campbell 2010

        Article 

      5. Climate change and conflict - Ragnhild Nordås, Nils Petter Gleditsch 2007

        Article 

      6. Security Dialogue:

  4. Week 2:Securitization: Promises and Limitations 78 items
    Questions: 1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of securitization as a theoretical framework for analysing security? 2. How have the boundaries of this theory evolved? Which evolution do you find the most relevant? 3. How important is desecuritization as a concept in securitization studies? 4. Discuss three of the core points of (dis)agreement between the Copenhagen School and so-called ‘second generation’ scholars.
    1. Required Readings 5 items
      1. 'Securitization' revisited: Theory and cases - T. Balzacq, S. Leonard, J. Ruzicka 2015

        Article Recommended

      2. Security: a new framework for analysis - Buzan, Barry, Wæver, Ole 1998

        Book Recommended Especially the introduction and chapter 2.

      3. Securitization and the Iraq war: the rules of engagement in world politics - Donnelly, Faye 2013

        Book Recommended Especially chapter 2.

    2. Additional Readings 72 items
      1. Contesting security: strategies and logics - Thierry Balzacq 2015

        Book Recommended Especially chapter 1, pp. 1-11.

      2. Forum: What kind of theory - if any - is securitization? - T. Balzacq, S. Guzzini, M. C. Williams, O. Waever 2014

        Article 

      3. The West: a securitising community? - Gunther Hellmann, Benjamin Herborth, Gabi Schlag, Christian Weber 2014

        Article 

      4. Securitization of property squatting in Europe - Mary Manjikian, Dawson Books 2013 (electronic book)

        Book 

      5. Securitization of property squatting in Europe - Mary Manjikian, Dawson Books 2013 (electronic book)

        Book 

      6. Securitisation and Diego Garcia - Mark B. Salter, Can E. Mutlu 2013

        Article 

    3. Online Forum 1 item
  5. Week 3: Flags:- Northern Ireland, ICRC, EU 64 items
    Questions: 1. The relationship between flags and identity is multifaceted and complex. Discuss. 2. In what ways do flags symbolise universal (inclusive) and particular (divisive) lines of belonging. Explain with use of case studies. 3. How can flags link to broader emblems and wider contexts of security? 4. Can flags speak security? Explain with use of case study.
    1. Required Readings 5 items
      1. Flags - Rune Saugmann Andersen, Xavier Guillaume, Juha A. Vuori

        Chapter Recommended

      2. Flag, nation and symbolism in Europe and America - Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, Jenkins, Richard 2007

        Book Recommended Especially chapters 1 and 7.

    2. Additional Readings 59 items
      1. Additional Readings

      2. Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism - Benedict R. O'G. Anderson 2006

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      3. Nation and narration - Homi K. Bhabha c1990

        Book  Available in print in the library and as a e-book

      4. The humanitarians: the International Committee of the Red Cross - David P. Forsythe 2005

        Book  Especially chapter 5. Available in Library and as an e-book.

      5. Code Red: Colouring the International - Xavier T. Guillaume, Juha A. Vuori, Rune Saugman Andersen 2016

        Article 

      6. The flag in American Indian art - Toby Herbst, Joel Kopp, Eugene Victor Thaw 1993

        Book 

      7. The changing symbolism of flags in Plains Indian cultures - Michael H. Logan, Douglas A. Schmittou 2008

        Article  Not available via Library holdings.

      8. National days: constructing and mobilising national identity - David McCrone, Gayle McPherson 2009 (electronic book)

        Book 

      9. On Key Symbols - Sherry B. Ortner 1973

        Article 

      10. Honor, symbols, and war - Barry O'Neill 2001

        Book 

      11. Powers, W. 1996. The American Flag in Lakota Arts. Whispering Wind 20(2):4-15 - not currently available

      12. Myths and memories of the nation - Anthony D. Smith 1999

        Book  Available in print in the library and as a e-book

      13. Culture and security: symbolic power and the politics of international security - Michael C. Williams 2007

        Book  Available in print in the library and as a e-book

      14. Politics and the sacred - Harald Wydra 2015

        Book 

  6. Week 4: migration, Trafficking and Refugees 115 items
    Questions: 1. Why is it necessary to be critical when it comes to mapping the movement of people? 2. How do processes of migration, trafficking and refugees produce and/or alleviate security problems? For this question alone students can either (i) pick one of these topics to discuss it in depth through the use of a contemporary example; or (ii) they can theoretically juxtapose two different processes in depth. 3. In what ways do current security practices exasperate the security dilemmas operating in migration/trafficking and refugees? Use case studies to support your answer. 4. Can refugees, migrants and sex trafficked peoples speak security? How?
    1. Required Readings 5 items
    2. Additional Readings 110 items
      1. WE REFUGEES. - Agamben, Giorgio 1995

        Article 

      2. European citizenship unbound: sex work, mobility, mobilisation - Rutvica Andrijasevic, Claudia Aradau, Jef Huysmans, Vicki Squire 2012

        Article 

      3. Refugees in international relations - Alexander Betts, Gil Loescher 2011

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      4. The securitization of migration: a study of movement and order - Philippe Bourbeau 2011

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      5. Refugee protection and the role of law: conflicting identities - Susan Kneebone, Dallal Stevens, Loretta Baldassar 2014

        Book 

      6. The figure of the migrant - Thomas Nail 2015

        Book 

      7. The politics of sex trafficking: a moral geography - Erin O'Brien, Sharon Hayes, Belinda J. Carpenter 2013

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      8. Migration and Border Security - Columba Peoples, Nick Vaughan-Williams

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      9. Europe's border crisis: biopolitical security and beyond - Nick Vaughan-Williams 2015

        Book  Available in print in the library and as an e-book

      10. Migration, risk and uncertainty - Allan M. Williams, Vladimír Baláž 2015

        Book 

  7. Week 5: Hostages, Kidnapping and Prisoners of War 49 items
    Questions: 1. Discuss some of the security risks involved in practices of hostage taking OR kidnapping. 2. How useful is the ‘prisoner of war’ concept for understanding contemporary security issues? 3. Critically discuss how two of these practices influence the ways in which we understand security issues. Use empirical case studies to support your answer 4. How useful is the concept of ‘dangerous dialogues’ for capturing the complexities of any of these processes?
    1. Required Readings 5 items
      1. The Taking of Hostages in Theory and Practice - Ellen Hammer and Marina Salvin 1944

        Article Recommended

      2. Hunting for Women - Lori Handrahan 2004

        Article Recommended

      3. Kidnapping for marriage in a Kyrgyz village - Russell Kleinbach, Mehrigiul Ablezova, Medina Aitieva 2005

        Article Recommended

    2. Additional Readings 44 items
      1. Bride Kidnapping in the Kyrgyz Republic - Sarah Amsler, Russ Kleinbach 1999

        Article Recommended

      2. The kidnapping business - Rachel Briggs 2001

        Book 

      3. Kidnapping: an investigator's guide - Diana M. Concannon 2013 (electronic book)

        Article 

      4. ICRC position on hostage-taking - International Committee of the Red Cross 2002

        Article 

      5. Prostitution Policy in Europe: A Time of Change? - Judith Kilvington,, Sophie Day, Helen Ward 2001

        Article 

      6. Hostages in the Middle Ages - Adam J. Kosto 2012 (electronic book)

        Book 

      7. Bride kidnapping - Petr Lom 2007 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      8. Maritime gerrymandering - Max Jr. Mejia 2003

        Article  The author has made the article available via his Research Gate profile.

      9. An Essay on Bargaining - Thomas C. Schelling 1956

        Article 

      10. Prisoners in war - Scheipers, Sibylle 2010 (electronic book)

        Book 

  8. Week 6: "The Unknown": The Privatization of War, Rendition and Torture 69 items
    Questions: 1. How does the concept of the ‘unknown’ challenge and/or transcend our boundaries of security? 2. How can we speak about security in private and securitized environments? 3. Is torture ever justified in the name of security? 4. What role do private military security companies play in creating and resolving new security agendas? 5. Where does the concept of risk fit in relation to debates about the ‘unknown’ and the privatization of war?
    1. Required Readings 5 items
      1. British torture in the 'war on terror - R. Blakeley, S. Raphael 2016

        Article Recommended

    2. Additional Readings 64 items
      Questions: 1. How does the concept of the ‘unknown’ challenge and/or transcend our boundaries of security? 2. How can we speak about security in private and securitized environments? 3. Is torture ever justified in the name of security? 4. What role do private military security companies play in creating and resolving new security agendas? 5. Where does the concept of risk fit in relation to debates about the ‘unknown’ and the privatization of war?
      1. Risk and the war on terror - Louise Amoore, Marieke de Goede 2008

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      2. Politics of catastrophe: genealogies of the unknown - Claudia Aradau, Rens van Munster 2011

        Book 

      3. World at risk - Ulrich Beck, Ciaran Cronin 2009

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      4. Abu Ghraib: the politics of torture - Mark Danner, Barbara Ehrenreich, David Levi Strauss 2005

        Book 

      5. Sovereign lives: power in global politics - Jenny Edkins, Véronique Pin-Fat, Michael J. Shapiro 2004

        Book 

      6. International Law at the Vanishing Point - Richard Falk and Asli Ü. Bâli 2006

        Article 

      7. War by contract: human rights, humanitarian law, and private contractors - Francioni, Francesco, Ronzitti, Natalino 2011

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      8. The torture papers: the road to Abu Ghraib - Karen J. Greenberg, Joshua L. Dratel, Anthony Lewis 2005

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      9. The politics of torture - Tracy Lightcap 2011

        Book 

      10. Torture, power, and law - David Luban 2014

        Book 

  9. Week 7: Revolutions and Dissidence: From the Velvet Revolutions to the Arab Spring and Beyond 74 items
    Questions 1. How do revolutions make, remake and unmake the boundaries of security? 2. Do revolutions lead to greater security or insecurity? Discuss your answer with reference to empirical case studies. 3. Do ‘little security nothings’ impact on revolutions or are revolutions simply big game changers? 4. Are revolutions transitory or fixed features of international security agendas? 5. How useful is the concept of dissident writing in understanding how revolutions become possible and unfold? Discuss your answer with reference to empirical case studies.
    1. Required Readings 5 items
      1. Demystifying the Arab Spring. - Lisa Anderson 2011

        Article Recommended

      2. Rethinking international relations - Fred Halliday 1994

        Book Recommended Especially chapter 6, 'The Sixth Great Power: Revolutions and the International System' (digitised).

    2. Transnational protest and global activism - Donatella Della Porta, Sidney G. Tarrow 2005

      Book 

    3. Arab Revolution in the 21st century?: Lessons from Egypt and Tunisia - Nādir Farjānī 2016

      Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

    4. Theorizing revolutions - John Foran 1997

      Book 

    5. 'Taming' Arab social movements: Exporting neoliberal governmentality - H. M. Tagma, E. Kalaycioglu, E. Akcali 2013

      Article