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OAGR 2060 - From Homeland Security to Societal Security: A Global Approach to Emerging Security Challenges

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

This seminar relates to the « International Security » and « Global Risks » programs. It is an introduction to the « Emerging Security Challenges » and will highlight their evolution from 2001 (9/11), dominated by the exclusive focus on the fight against terrorism to the present day where an « All Hazard » approach with the mobilization of all forces in society to support security crisis management has emerged. This seminar will thus illustrate the profound transformation of the security landscape that progressively took place in the last 15 years. We will first study the theoretical aspects of this evolution, the institutional policies adopted by governments and international organizations to protect people, critical infrastructure and borders and the operational approaches, i.e. crisis management systems, with a special focus on definitions and methodologies. The seminar also will address 3 main challenges which already have had or could have a major impact on the way security issues have been dealt with up to now, i.e. Cybersecurity, the possible use in the future of WMD by terrorists and the consequences of environmental change. We also will focus on 3 areas which strongly developed during these last 15 years: research and technologies in security, a new security market and the definition of new standards. Finally, the seminar will address the impact of security on values and society. Theoretical teaching will be complemented by the visit of a governmental crisis center and 2 crisis management simulations.


NARICH, Richard (Consultant)

Pedagogical format

Since this course is taught by seminar, it is expected that each student does the reading (the texts are provided by the teacher one week in advance) and comes to class prepared to take an active role in it, in discussing solutions and in designing strategies. The teacher's course will last approximatively 45/60 minutes. Students will each be asked to complete a 10 to 15 minutes oral presentation on the required readings (two exposés by class). 30 to 40 minutes will be dedicated to discussion. The teacher will make a note summarizing his teaching available after the class. The students are also expected to actively take part in the simulations. Attendance at every course is compulsory unless an acceptable excuse is provided. Students will be asked to provide a short bio and the list of the other courses they have chosen before the course starts in order to help the teacher better adapt his course to their needs.

Course validation

- Reading, participation in class and in simulations: 20% of the grade. - Oral presentation on the reading: 20 % of the grade. - A test consisting of 10 questions (including the course, the required readings, the notes and charts distributed by the teacher as well as the 2 crisis simulation exercises simulation exercises) will take place during class 12 (45 minutes): 10% of the grade. -The final exam will consist of a 15-20 pages essay (in English or in French) on a topic related to the course (50% of the grade). The students will have the choice between two topics. Their essay will be due 10 days maximum after the last class.


3/4 hours

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