Spaces of security and insecurity: new geographical perspectives - JPM912
Title: Spaces of security and insecurity: new geographical perspectives
Guaranteed by: Department of Political Science (23-KP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2019
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (20)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Hana Kubátová, M.A., Ph.D.
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Dr. Kathrin Hörschelmann, Institute of Regional Geography Leipzig (IfL), Research Area “Productions of Space: State and Society”


Course aims and objectives:

This course aims to introduce students to new geographical concepts and approaches to security, focusing especially on theoretical developments in critical geopolitics, political geography and social geography. On the basis of these conceptual approaches and through research-based case studies, the course seeks to develop an integrated and multi-scalar understanding of Human Security with students. Its objectives are to:

-          Provide students with the conceptual tools to understand and critically analyse the role of space in political, social and cultural constructions of security

-          Enhance students’ understanding of the multi-scalar and entangled architecture of security

-          Develop analytical skills for grasping geographies of (in)security as embodied, differentiated and contested


Indicative content:

1) Understanding entangled geographies of “Human Security”

2) Geographical imaginations: deconstructing the spatial logics of security

3) Social geographies of (in)security: precarity, difference and ontological (in)security

4) Embodied geographies of (in)security: gender, age and the ethics of care

5) “Alter-geopolitics” and the geographies of peace



Teaching methodology:

Each session will consist of a 40 minute lecture followed by a 40 minute seminar or practical to discuss and apply the theoretical concepts developed in the lectures to specific topics. The seminars will be reading based, while the practicals will include media and image analysis, poster production, participatory mapping and other creative methodologies.

Last update: Kubátová Hana, M.A., Ph.D. (22.01.2019)