|Module Title||SECURITY AND IDENTITY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Mike Williams|
|Course delivery||Seminar||1 x two hour seminar per week over one semester|
|Presentation||1 x seminar presentation||20%|
|Essay||1 x 3,000 word||40%|
The study of security can be defined as an examination of the institutions, ideas, and instruments of organized violence. This module examines the relationship between culture and security. Viewing organised violence as a socially embedded set of political practices, the module inquires critically into the relationship between different systems of thought, social structures, and technologies of control, destruction, and representation in the constitution and exercise of different forms of violence in world politics.
This module examines the historically shifting nature of the 'subject' of security (who or what is being secured, from what, and how). It seeks in particular to develop an understanding of the social constitution of forms of organized violence, and their transformation and operation in contemporary world politics.
At the end of the module students should be able to: