EU457      Half Unit
Culture and Security in Global Politics

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Joseph Downing CBG.7.05


This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe, MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Human Rights and Politics and MSc in The Global Political Economy of China and Europe (LSE and Fudan). 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.


10 hours of seminars and 15 hours of workshops in the MT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6 of MT.

Formative coursework

Mock policy paper (2000 words) 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.


Project (50%, 2500 words) in the MT.
Essay (50%, 2500 words) in the LT.

The project will take the form of a policy paper (50%, 2500 words) 

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2018/19: 48

Average class size 2018/19: 16

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication