CRIA5001 Crises, Conflicts and Security (5 cr)
The course focuses on three concepts central to the Western political tradition: crisis, conflict and security. The lectures traces the history of these concepts, their functioning in diverse traditions of political thought and their relation to one another. The course highlights the way the Western political tradition has not merely deployed crisis, conflict and insecurity to legitimate the establishment and operation of political orders but also invested these three notions with a positive meaning.
The aim of the course is to provide a critical introduction to contemporary debates in crisis, conflict and security studies; to familiarize the students with the key concepts in these fields of study; to develop the students’ skills in critical reading and textual analysis as well as their abilities to apply theoretical concepts to issues and events in contemporary politics.
Description of prerequisites
List of literature below. Additional recommended readings to be determined at the beginning of the course.
- Koselleck, R. 2006: Crisis. Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (2). pgs: 357-400. ISSN: 0022-5037
- Peoples, Columba & Nick Vaughan-Williams: Critical Security Studies : An Introduction, 2nd edition 978-0-415-84183-2, 978-0-203-76423-7 (e-kirja)
- Mouffe, C. 2013: Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically. London: Verso. 978-1-78168-103-9 (n)