Policy Issues: Coping with Global Risks and Uncertainties (8 ECTS)

This module provides you with a background on the development of security and risk, analyzing the often contested terminologies and policies that are used within this area.

Dr. Stefan Engert
Dr. Stefan Engert

Instructor: Dr. Stefan Engert

This module provides you with a background on the development of security and risk, analyzing the often contested terminologies and policies that are used within this area.The theoretical section places the focus on four different conflict situations (war, civil war, terrorism, and ethnic conflict), which are explained in-depth. The module concludes with a longer section on the different approaches to security. War, defence mechanisms, and peace-keeping efforts are among the subjects that are broached within this module.

Video Introduction

Module Structure

Part I: Introduction

Unit 01: Security and Risk as a Field of Academic Study
Unit 02: Contested Terminologies, Contested Policies
Unit 03: Disputed Ontologies, Disputed Epistemologies

Part II: Theories of Conflict and Types of War

Unit 04: Explaining and Understanding War I
Unit 05: Explaining and Understanding War II (Structural Theories)
Unit 06: Explaining and Understanding Civil War
Unit 07: Explaining and Understanding Terrorism

Part III: Approaches to Security and Conflict Management

Unit 08: Deterrence, Arms Control, Mediation and International Accords
Unit 09: War and Diplomacy
Unit 10: Coercion and Intervention
Unit 11: Peacekeeping, Peace Enforcement and Reconstruction
Unit 12: Reconciliation and Transitional Justice

Part IV:

Case Study