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Security Studies

  • Study programme/study programmes: International Studies – module European Integration
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Security Studies
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Miroslav Lj. Hadžić, exercise by Filip P. Ejdus, MA, Assistant
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 6
  • Teaching methods: Introductory lectures with debate, Exercise and practical work, Test – preparation, doing and grading, Seminar paper, Individual reading of literature
  • Number of classes: 2+2

Aim and outcome of the course

By analysis of the key changes in thinking and exercising of – personal, national, regional and global – security, students shall be introduced into the security studies in an organized and systematic manner. Within that framework they will check the actual and theoretical sustainability of this scientific discipline. This is followed by a debate about main sources and holders of security deficit in contemporary society. This leads to analysis of military and non-military threats to security. Terrorism and other forms of perils to security shall be in the focus of our attention. The final part of the syllabus is dedicated to questioning of capacities of modern society for achieving sustainable security. This shall be grounded on consideration of interdependence of security and social development. The changed relation of society and armed forces (public and private apparatus of force) shall be particularly analyzed, together with the need for reform of security sector. This is followed by check of perspectives for placing armed forces under democratic civil control and public scrutiny. All this leads to debate about (im)possibility of isolated achievement of security in globalized world, i.e. the need for security cooperation and integration.

By attending this course students gain introductory theoretical and methodological knowledge about the changed idea and diverse and multiple-meaning reality of security. This should enable them for analysis of concrete security phenomena in the context of basic – national, regional and global – social processes and ongoing changes. Adoption of different manner of thinking about security shall enable them for reliable understanding of multiple interdependence between social development and capacity of the given society to achieve and maintain sustainable security. All this should increase their capacities for independent understanding, research and interpretation of contemporary phenomena of security. Accordingly, the syllabus of this course motivates them to transform the knowledge gained in other courses into the field of security. In the same time, by successful mastering of this syllabus, the students gain necessary knowledge and capacities for further and deepened studies of more narrow fields of security studies.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
Origin and domain of the security concept; Leaving the security dilemma; Levels of security: personal, national, regional, global; Dimensions of security: military, political, economic, societal, environmental; Sources and holders of insecurity: old and new wars, asymmetric conflicts; Security challenges, risks and threats; New threats to security: terrorism; New threats to security: organized crime, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human trafficking, corruption, pandemics; Security and development; Society and armed forces; Reform of security sector; Democratic civil control and public scrutiny over security sector; Security cooperation and integration

Practical teaching: Exercise, Other modes of teaching, Study research work (Defence of seminar paper)


а) basic (450 pages): Vojin Dimitrijević, Bezbednost i politička zajednica, in: Reforma sektora bezbednosti, volume of papers, Miroslav Hadžić (ed), G 17 Institut, CCVO, Belgrade, 2003, pp. 19-49 2. Miroslav Hadžić, Zamisao reforme sektora bezbednosti, in: Smisao reforme sektora bezbednosti, Hadžić, Timotić, Milosavljevic, CCVO, Belgrade, 2004, pp. 9-47 3. Barry Buzan, People, States and Fear, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991, pp. 10-50, 112-146, 186-270, 328-363 4. Čarls V. Kegli JR, Judžin R. Vitkof, Svetska politika, trend i transformacija, Centar za studije Jugoistočne Evrope, FPN, Diplomatska akademija, Belgrade, 2004, pp. 577-640; 643-701; 753-785 5. Dragan Simić, Nauka o bezbednosti, Službeni list SRJ, Belgrade, 2002, pp. 9-65 6. Terry Teriff, Stuast Croft, Lucy James and Patric M. Morgan, Security Studies Today, Polity Press, 1999, pp. 169-190

b) additional (246 pages): 2. Reforma sektora bezbednosti, volume of papers, Miroslav Hadžić (ed), G 17 Institut, CCVO, Belgrade, 2003, pp. 145-185, 207-285, 396-426, 513-544 3. Meri Kaldor, Novi i stari ratovi, Beogradski krug, Belgrade, 2005, pp. 31-57, 213-287

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10+10
  • Colloquim(a) 20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 60