Critical Security Studies

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Critical Security Studies

Fall 2019

Taught By: Peter Hoffman

Section: A

CRN: 7844

Credits: 3

Are we secure yet? Or does our increasing investment in security discourses result from a gnawing and growing sense of insecurity? Lives and livelihoods, elections, economies, industries, institutions and international relations revolve around issues of security. The concept is dramatic enough to warrant the use of military force and declare states of emergency, and malleable enough for political rhetoric and fashion marketing. This course will critically explore the concept of security as a central organizing principle of the modern social order and its contemporary trajectory. This course concerns critical thinking about security-the active analysis, synthesis, and application of information in ways that interrogate and elucidate established ideas. This is not a course on security policy or threats per se, but about understanding security as a dynamic organizing category with (very) real world effects. Topics include the fundamental interrelation between security and social order, including classic political, sociological and psychological approaches that conceive of security as the underlying logic of modern society and the contemporary international system, critical assessments of conventional security frameworks, and current trajectories of security, such as technologies of control and surveillance, networked organizational forms, privatization and commodification, and the shifting nature of emergencies and intervention.

This course is restricted to Juniors and Seniors. Please contact the GLUE advisor should you need additional information or permission.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 2

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 4:05pm 1/23/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 615

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019