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070166 VO Theories and Methods of Global History (2011W)

In/Security Discourses and Practises in Global Politics

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte


max. 999 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



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Montag 07.11. 14:15 - 18:15 Prominentenzimmer Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Hof 4
Samstag 26.11. 10:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Mittwoch 30.11. 10:00 - 17:00 Prominentenzimmer Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Hof 4
Mittwoch 11.01. 16:00 - 21:00 Prominentenzimmer Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Hof 4
Samstag 14.01. 10:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Security has rapidly moved to the center of global political discussions as a master signifier. It supposedly gives meaning to discourses and practices as varied as environmental projects to personal data. Yet, what stands under the label of security seems to elude a clear definition. Conceptions of security range from traditional understandings in military terms, that is, the classical idea of national security, to contemporary conceptions of comprehensive and human security incorporating virtually every aspect of the political, social, environmental and cultural dimensions. Furthermore, answering the question of what constitutes security is inextricably linked to insecurity, or to what security is not. Attempts to solve this paradox have been in the spotlight of a large group of scholars whose explanations produce a great multiplicity of answers reflected and co-constitutive of scholarly production, public policies and movements on the ground. This course will address in/security discourses from the prism of the schools of (neo)realism, (neo)idealism and critical security studies with emphasis on poststructuralism. For this purpose, we will ask the following array of questions: What is security? Security for whom and from what? And finally, what does security do?

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Written exam = 100%

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab


This course aims at encouraging students to raise research questions, instead of following pre-established paradigms on security. Students are encouraged to examine their own questions of interest and, importantly, we will also consider how in/security in our own lives has shaped us, and how it fits into broader scholarly and political discussions. You will be expected to reflect upon your own self in direct relation to the course topic.



Echavarria, Josefina (2010): In/Security in Colombia: Writing Political Identities in the Democratic Security Policy, Manchester, Manchester University Press.
Book available at the library

Additional Readings:
Ackerly, B., J. True and M. Stern (2006): “Feminist methodologies for International Relations”, in Ackerly, B., J. True and M. Stern (eds.): Feminist Methodologies for International Relations, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. (See extracts in IGL)
Balzacq, T. (2005): “The Three Faces of Securitization: Political Agency, Audience and Context”, European Journal of International Relations, 11 (2), 171-201. (See IGL)
Buzan, B. (1991): People, States and Fear: An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era, Longman, Pearson.
Campbell, D. (1998): Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.
Connolly, W. (1991): Identity/Difference: Democratic Negotiations of Political Paradox, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.
Dillon, M. (1996): Politics of Security: Towards a Political Philosophy of Continental Thought, London, Routledge.
Goetze, Catherina (2006): “War as social conflict: Using Bordieu’s sociology in understanding contemporary armed conflict”, International Studies Association – ISA – Annual Convention, San Diego, ISA Online Paper Archive available online at:, last accessed 6 November 2011. (See IGL)
Herz, J. H. (2003): “The security dilemma in International Relations: background and present problems”, International Relations, 17, 4.
Hobbes, T. (1651): Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill, http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/f_hobbes.html, last accessed 6 November 2011.
Huntington, S. (1993): “The Clash of Civilizations?”, Foreign Affairs, 72 (3), 22-49. [Available online at: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/fs/pnorris/Acrobat/Huntington_Clash.pdf, last accessed 6 November 2011. (See IGL)
Huysmans, F. (2006): The Politics of Insecurity: Fear, migration and asylum in the EU, London, Routledge.
Huysmans, J. (1995): “Migrants as a Security Problem: Dangers of ‘Securitizing’ Societal Issues’, in Miles, Robert and Dietrich Thranhardt (eds.): Migration and European Integration: The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion, London, Pinter, 53–72.
Kaldor, Mary (1999): New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era, Cambridge, Polity Press. (See Library)
Malešević, Siniša (2008): “The sociology of new wars? Assessing the causes and objectives of contemporary conflicts”, International Political Sociology, 2 (2), 97-112. (See IGL)
Münkler, Herfried (2002): Die neuen Kriege, Reinbek bei Hamburg, Rowohlt. (See Library)
Roe, P. (2004): “Securitization and Minority Rights: Conditions of Desecuritization”, Security Dialogue, 35, 279-294. (See IGL)
Said, Edward (1997): “The Myth of the ‘Clash of Civilizations’,” Media Education Foundation, [Video Lecture] http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqeoe_edward-said-the-myth-of-culture-cla , last accessed 6 November 2011.
Said, Edward (2003): “The Clash of Definitions”, in Martin, A. & E. Mendieta (eds.) (2003): Identities: Race, Class, Gender and Nationality, Padstow, Blackwell Publishing, 333-335.
Stern, M. (2005): Naming Security-Constructing Identity: Mayan women in Guatemala on the Eve of peace, Manchester, Manchester University Press.
Wæver, O. (1995): “Securitization and Desecuritization”, in Lipschutz, R. (ed.): On Security, New York, Columbia University Press.
Weber, C. (2005): International Relations Theory: A Critical Introduction, New York, Routledge.

How to access the IGL-site:

Some of the additional readings are available at the IGL (Internet gestützte Lehre) site of the University. To access the site, please visit:
Then click on the third course:
070166 VO Theories and Methods of Global History - In/Security Discourses and Practises in Global Politics
Click on “Materialien” and to access the materials use the following information:
Name: 070166
Password: insecurity11

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

BA Geschichte, ZWM Globalgeschichte (3 ECTS); MA Globalgeschichte u. Global Studies, Grundlagen der Globalgeschichte (3ECTS); Diplomstudium Geschichte (W2); MWG01

Letzte Änderung: Mi 15.12.2021 00:17