Aim: The aim of this course is for the students to gain insight into governance and security issues and to be capable of formulating personal, original and critical reflections about these issues. In this, the students should be able to transcend national frames of reference and reflect from an (inter)national and (inter)disciplinary point of view on security topics.
Content: We approach security issues from a governance perspective along three main lines of thought: (1) changing paradigm of (in)security; (2) administrative and judicial policies and the changing concept of (in)security; (3) the changing paradigm of (in)security and the implementation of law enforcement and crime prevention policies. The focus is on the blurred boundaries and competences between security institutions (police, army, inspection services, private security providers and self-regulating organizations) related to several governance of security topics.
Competencies: Insights into the state of the art of theory and research on governing and policing (in)security in late-modern society and more in particular about the broadening of its social meaning (of objective insecurity to ‘subjective’ feelings, trouble, distrust in governments,...) and the changes in its social relevance (of both ‘traditional’ forms of criminality and environmental threats, radicalization, terrorism,...); the ability to find and consult scientific sources on governing and policing security (e.g. literature, legislation, other documents) and critically analyze them; the ability to evaluate empirical research on governance and policing security; the ability to interpret theories on the governance of security and apply them to interventions in post-conflict areas and transitional countries; the ability to reflect on one’s own thoughts about the governance of security and to keep an open mind about other opinions and new ideas; the ability to conceptualize a large diversity of societal issues in terms of governance of security concepts; the ability to apply research methods and techniques and design a small-scale research on issues related to the governance of security. This includes drafting a research question and design, executing the research, analyzing the data and reporting about it; the ability to develop a scientific based opinion about issues related to the governance of security; the ability to reflect about the implications of governance of security issues for policy and policy implementation; develop critical reflections and personal opinions in relation to theoretical and practical issues on the governance of security.