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GEOGG089 Globalisation and Security
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GEOGG089 Globalisation and Security


(15 credits: Term 2)

Convenor: Dr Alan Ingram 

 This module aims to develop a critical understanding of relationships between globalisation and security via an engagement with social theory and the exploration of specific case study areas.

The module considers how rationalities, technologies and practices of security have been shifting in response to concerns about globalization. Rather than focusing primarily on security threats, it examines security itself as a significant factor in shaping how societies - and globalisation more generally - work. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault and other thinkers, the module begins by developing a conceptual framework for thinking critically about globalisation and security and then examines a series of case study topics (e.g. human mobility, terrorism, illicit drugs, epidemics, cities, energy and climate) to consider how security is conceptualised, practiced, experienced and contested across a variety of sites and spaces.


100% coursework – 1 x 3000 word essay

Suggested readings

Duffield M (2007) Development, Security and Unending War: Governing the World of Peoples Cambridge, Polity

Foucault M (2007) Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège de France 1977-1978 Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan

Graham S (2010) Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism London, Verso

Ingram A and Dodds K eds (2009) Spaces of Security and Insecurity: Geographies of the War on Terror Farnham, Ashgate