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Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

This course introduces students to questions of security and focuses on how security can be approached from critical perspectives and how security is important in defining the political boundaries of our (international) society. Beyond the different critical approaches that will be engaged with during the course – from human security to poststructuralism or from gender to postcolonialism –, the course focuses on specific issues, like migration, development, nuclear proliferation, political violence or surveillance, to illustrate how critical approaches to security can shed a different light on these important contemporary questions.


  • GUILLAUME, Xavier (Professor)
  • LARA GUERRERO, Larisa V. (Etudiante doctorante)

Pedagogical format

The class is organised in 12 sessions of 2 hours each, grouped approximately every 2 weeks in clusters of 2 sessions. Each session consists of 1 hour and a half of lecture and about 15-20 minutes of discussion. Six weeks.

Course validation

The final grade will be represented by a small essay (40%) due at the end of October and research-based essay (60%) due by the end of the semester. In-class participation (extra bonus) will be taken into account if the class dynamic, and number, enables it. The essay will be about 2,500-word long. The research-based essay will be about 4,000-word long, the topic of which and "problématique" having to be agreed upon with the course instructor.


It is expected that students come prepared for each session, having read the compulsory texts ahead of the session as they will serve as the backbone of the lecture and then of the discussion.

Required reading

  • Book: Columbia Peoples and Nick Vaughan-Williams. 2010. Critical Security Studies. An Introduction. London: Routledge
  • Zedner, Lucia. 2009. Security. London: Routledge

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