Summer 2019 - IS 200 J100

Security and Global Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3)

Class Number: 5395

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    HCC 1800, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 7, 2019
    6:31 PM – 6:31 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



Examines contemporary security and governance challenges by drawing on insights from across the social sciences. Includes such topics as: war, nuclear proliferation, genocide, human trafficking, and global health threats. Explores the role of international organizations (the UN, EU, NATO and others) in addressing security challenges and advancing global governance. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


This course is designed to introduce students to the study of security. In the first half of the course, we critically assess key conceptual frameworks for thinking about security and major events which have changed our understandings of security and international relations. The course will then focus on analysing the role of intelligence and diplomacy. Finally, we will critique traditional and non-traditional security issues, as well as the strategies to counter perceived “threats” to security widely-defined.


The objective of the course is to promote critical engagement with a wide range of empirical, historical and theoretical literature. Students will learn to display this engagement through analytical essay writing and the presentation of complex arguments in seminar discussions and presentations. By the end of the course, they should have acquired a sound knowledge of key theoretical and practical debates in security studies. The course should enable students to understand competing definitions of security, to critically evaluate key debates in international security studies; to assess how and why “new” security challenges are advanced and dismissed; to understand how institutions are evolving to counter “new security threats; and finally, to gain knowledge of key transnational and cross-border security issues and an understanding of how they may be best addressed both practically and theoretically.


  • Participation 15%
  • Take-Home Test 30%
  • Midterm Test 15%
  • One-Page Essay Outline 5%
  • Research Essay 35%


The course consists of one two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial. Depending on the size of the class, and the preference of each tutorial leader, there will also be class debates and individual presentations.

Students will be required to submit their written assignments to in order to receive credit for the assignments and for the course.

The School for International Studies strictly enforces the University's policies regarding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Information about these policies can be found at:



Alan Collins, Contemporary Security Studies, OUP, Paperback, 2019

Sean Kay, Global Security in the Twenty-First Century, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015, 3rd edition.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.