Hauptseminar: Introduction to Critical Security Studies

Instructor: Casey McNeill

Course Descripton:

This course explores the concept of security in International Relations and its relationship to our understandings of the state, violence, and global politics. Following an introduction to theorizations of security in mainstream IR and security studies, we will explore post-Cold War literatures that challenge these concepts of security and interrogate their effects. Alongside these literatures we will ask (1) how definitions of security shape global politics, as well as the questions we ask as students of global politics and (2) the degree to which particular concepts of security are adequate for understanding contemporary global issues. Topics discussed will include new wars, human security, securitization theory, security and development, environmental security, identity, and gender and security. The course will be conducted in English.

Selected Readings:

Recommended for: BA Students, Advanced Modul International Relation

Registration: Via Student Portal from

Office hours: to be determined

Dates and Times: Monday 13:45-15:15 (weekly), from 11.02.2013 to 27.05.2013