Sample courses

The diversity of courses in the Security Studies minor reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Our courses – and the accomplished faculty who teach them – represent a wide range of social science fields, including Political Science, History, Sociology and Social Anthropology, International Development Studies, Contemporary Studies and Religious Studies.

Some of our courses focus on specific historical periods or geographic areas, while others explore the theories and philosophies behind security. In some courses you'll discuss a specific contemporary security problem, while in others you'll compare international security and defence policies.

The variety of perspectives that inform this interdisciplinary program ensures that our students develop a strong understanding of security issues, the contexts in which they exist and the possibilities for addressing them.

POLI 3565
Contemporary Security Studies

The course examines developments in the theory and practice of international security since the end of the Cold War. The first part reviews the concept of security and the main theoretical approaches that inform the contemporary security debate. The second part analyzes some of the key contemporary issues in world politics and their relation with international security. Topics include: Military Security, Terrorism, Human Security, Environmental Security, Migration, Health and Security.

Prerequisites: POLI 2520.03 and POLI 2530.03 recommended

SOSA 3283
Globalized Security and Justice: the Challenge of Global Crime and Terrorism

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the relationship between global processes and the issues of crime and terrorism have become more explicit. As new or enhanced global economic, political, cultural and environmental processes facilitate profound social and cultural change, new pressures and opportunities for both traditional and new kinds of crime and various forms of political and religious violence are being created. This course examines how globalization influences the various global and local conditions that create these new kinds crime and terrorism by exploring various theoretical explanations, and more empirically based case studies of different global crimes and terrorism movements. In addition we will explore how global organized crime and terrorism challenges the ability of western societies and states to ensure political order and security and examine how they are reconfiguring both the rhetoric and reality of state governance and justice.

Prerequisites: One of SOSA 1000X/Y.06, (1002.03 and 1003.03), 1050X/Y.06, 1100X/Y.06, 1200X/Y.06, FYP

HIST 2750
The Pirate and Piracy

This course will examine early modern historical, philosophical, and literary accounts of pirates and piracy. It will also trace ancient and medieval precursors to these early modern treatments as well as consider later representations—literary and cinematic—of early modern piracy and implications for contemporary piracy.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.