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Security Issues Today - JTB067
Title: Bezpečnostní problémy současného světa
Guaranteed by: Department of European Studies (23-KZS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/10, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (25)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: distance
Teaching methods: distance
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: doc. JUDr. Vladimír Handl, CSc.
Teacher(s): doc. JUDr. Vladimír Handl, CSc.
Pre-requisite : {Skupina prerekvizit pro BD_TS - 3. Ročník, LS, spec. TS}
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Annotation -
The course will deal with security issues in Europe, North America, and the post-Soviet area. Emphasis will be put on new security threats, forms and reforms of international security cooperation, and challenges that states must face after the Cold War.
Last update: Lochmanová Sára, Bc. (05.02.2024)
Aim of the course -

The course aims at introducing to students the security challenges of today's world, their implications and states' reactions.

Last update: Lochmanová Sára, Bc. (05.02.2024)
Literature -

Compulsory reading:

Bermejo, R., Migration and Security in the EU: Back to Fortress Europe?. Journal of Contemporary European Research, vol. 5, no. 2, 2009, s. 207-224 (19 s.).

Deflem, M., Europol and the Policing of International Terrorism: Counter-Terrorism in a Global Perspective, Justice Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 3, 2006, s. 336-359 (24 s.).

EEAS, Sdílená vize, společný postup: silnější Evropa. Globální strategie zahraniční a bezpečnostní politiky Evropské unie. Brusel, 2016 (37 s.).

Ehrenreich Brooks, R., Failed States, or the State as Failure?, The University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 72, no. 4, 2005, s. 1159-1196 (38 s.).

Evropská rada, Bezpečná Evropa v lepším světě: Evropská bezpečnostní strategie. Brusel, 12.12.2003 (14 s.).

Faist, T., "Extension du domaine de la lutte": International migration and security before and after September 11, 2001, The International Migration Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2002, s. 7-14 (8 s.).

Heisbourg, F., A New Security Landscape: the End of the Post-Cold War Era, Asia-Pacific Review, vol. 10, no. 1, 2003, s. 52-63 (12 s).

Cherp, A., Jewell, J., The concept of energy security: Beyond the four As. Energy Policy, vol. 75, 2014, s. 415-421 (7 s.).

Lewis, O., Conceptualizing State Counterterrorism. In: Romaniuk, S.N. et al., The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, s. 3-37 (35 s.).

Makinda, S.M., International Law and Security: Exploring a Symbiotic Relationship, Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 51, no. 3, 1997, s. 325-338 (14 s.).

Oberleitner, G., Human Security: A Challenge to International Law?, Global Governance, vol. 11, 2005, s. 185-203 (19 s.).

O'Brien, P., Counter-terrorism in Europe: the elusive search for order. European Security, vol. 25, no. 3, 2016, s. 366-384 (19 s.).

Peterson, J., All in the (Dysfunctional) Family? Transatlantic Relations after Iraq, Current History, vol. 103, no. 676, 2004, s. 355-363 (9 s.).

Smith, S.J., Gebhard, C., EU-NATO relations: running on the fumes of informed deconfliction. European Security, vol. 26, no. 3, 2017, s. 303-314 (11 s.).

Stefanova, B., The European Union as a Security Actor: Security Provision through Enlargement, World Affairs, vol. 168, no. 2, 2005, s. 51-66 (16 s.).

Van Munster, R., Logics of Security: The Copenhagen School, Risk Management and the War on Terror. Political Science Publications 10/2005, University of Southern Denmark (14 s.).

Weiss, T., Role policie a armády v Evropské unii: analýza evropské a národní úrovně s využitím případové studie České republiky. Praha: Karolinum, 2014, kapitoly 1-2 (celkem 90 s.)

Weiss, T.G., The Illusion of UN Security Council Reform, The Washington Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 4, 2003, s. 147-161 (16 s.).


Recommended reading:

Eichler, J. a kol., Evropská bezpečnost 25 let po skončení studené války. Praha, Vysoká škola ekonomická, 2016 (260 s.).

Hák, T. a kol., Environmentální bezpečnost. Praha: Ekopress, 2015 (155 s.).

Last update: Weiss Tomáš, prof. Mgr., M.A., Ph.D. (10.07.2019)
Teaching methods -

Lecture, independent work

Last update: Vykoukal Jiří, doc. PhDr., CSc. (30.05.2019)
Requirements to the exam -

A) Research paper (cca 15 normalized pages) on one specific country and its approach to a specific type of threats. The research paper must have the following structure:

1) Short introduction
2) Review of the literature to the topic
3) Methodology and research question, i.e. what question does the paper answer and how
4) Data description, i.e. the steps defined in the methodology section
5) Discussion
6) Short conclusion

The topic can be discussed with the lecturer via email or personally in advance.
The structure will be addressed during the lecture shortly.
The paper must be handed in via email by 5 January. Later submission (by 12 January) will automatically mean lower grade. Papers submitted after 12 January will not be evaluated.

B) Written exam testing the overview of the compulsory reading. (During the examination period.)


Research paper max. 60 points; exam max. 40 points. Grading according to the standard scale A-F used at the FSV UK.

Last update: Weiss Tomáš, prof. Mgr., M.A., Ph.D. (10.07.2019)
Syllabus -

1 New security threats
2 International law and organizations
4 Terrorism
5 Failed states
6 Other threats and challenges - energy security, migration, environmental security

Last update: Weiss Tomáš, prof. Mgr., M.A., Ph.D. (10.07.2019)
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