The United Nations Development Programme introduced the concept of "human security" into the global lexicon in its 1994 Human Development Report. Often referred to as "people-centred security" or "security with a human face", human security places human beings—rather than states—at the centre of security considerations. The UNDP perceived human security as a focus on human life and dignity and an antidote to conventional views of security shaped by threats to and the potential for conflict between states. This unit examines human security as a concept, as an alternative security agenda, and as a guideline for policy and institutional initiatives. It does so through a focus on the three pillars of human security: freedom from want; freedom from fear, and freedom to live in dignity.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept of human security and its relationship to the field of international relations and security studies
2. demonstrate a sound knowledge of the contemporary agenda of human security issues
3. apply concepts of human security to relevant case studies
4.communicate their critical understanding of human security in a clear and concise way through a series of assignments and participation in seminar discussions
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
Indicative AssessmentCritical review of a key human security document chosen from a list of documents and reports - 1500 words, 20% (1, 2, 4)
Long essay (from a list of questions provided by course convenor) - 3000 words, 60% (1, 2, 3, 4)
Literature review of the required readings for one of the three human security pillars as indicated in the course guide - 1500 words, 20% (2, 3, 4)
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WorkloadTen hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight for reading and writing. Please note, this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
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