Security, Conflict and Society in the 21st Century

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Security, Conflict and Society

Spring 2022

Taught By: Everita Silina

Section: A

CRN: 7411

Credits: 3

Historically, humans live in societies that are defined by a high degree of security. Violent conflicts within and across communities have been declining precipitously and war itself has been 'sanitized' by the introduction of smart weapons and surveillance technologies. Innovations in medical science, education and mass communications mean that we live longer, enjoy access to greater resources and exercise greater control over our life choices, yet why do humans feel less secure than the preceding generations? With the rise of economic insecurity and personal debt, artificial intelligence, ecological crises and the increase of non-state actors in conflict, the number of threats have multiplied. While wars have declined in frequency they last longer, and the lines between war and peace are blurred. In the face of such challenges, systems of governing society have failed to offer guiding principles in response to radical uncertainty. This seminar will think critically about several questions: What is the relationship between society and security and how has this relationship evolved? How is this relationship also situated in broader political, social and cultural realms? We will pay particular attention to the proliferation of discourses and images that increasingly shape our understanding of the line that separates reality and fiction. We will also experiment with new theoretical frameworks to engage more deeply with this evolving and complex relationship between society and security and to imagine new foundations for human flourishing.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:02pm 10/26/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022