EU457      Half Unit
Culture and Security in Global Politics

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Joseph Downing COW G.05


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict and MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict (LSE & Sciences Po). This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in Global Politics and MSc in Human Rights. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This is a capped course. Students are required to obtain permission from the teaching department to take this course

Course content

This course will consider problems and practices of ethnic diversity in a world of nation-states including the rights of minorities and migrants, self-determination, ethnic cleansing and genocide, humanitarian intervention, and the role of the media in (de)constructing narratives of difference. In analysing these issues, particular attention will be paid to processes of securitization, desecuritization and security management.


15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT. 3 hours of seminars in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6 of MT but in LT there will be seminars scheduled.

Formative coursework

Topic proposal (500 words) and research proposal (2000 words) both due in MT

Indicative reading

Z. Bauman, Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts, 2003; B. Buzan, O. Weaver and J. de Wilde, Security: A New Framework For Analysis,1998; J. Jackson-Preece, Minority Rights: Between Diversity and Community, 2005; W. Kymlicka, Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity, 2009; J Mayall, Nationalism and International Society, 1990.

A more detailed reading list is available from Dr Jackson-Preece.


Essay (80%, 5000 words) in the ST.
Research proposal (20%) in the LT.

The research proposal will take the form of a poster presentation session in the LT

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2017/18: 44

Average class size 2017/18: 15

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication