The Security specialization is framed around the fundamental question ‘whose security?’ This expands analysis of security policy from a traditional focus on nation states to society and individuals, in turn fostering a critical understanding of how security threats and challenges are problematized.

The multiple forms of insecurity in the contemporary world, including violent conflict, gender-based violence, and terrorism are analyzed in this concentration, and the policies designed to address such threats are assessed. Courses explore national, regional, and international policy priorities and responses, and introduce students to the tools to evaluate their effectiveness and impacts.
This specialization combines methodological, theoretical, and practice components. It promotes a focus on the design, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programs, methods for analyzing security debates and interventions, and knowledge of toolkits that have been developed to enhance conflict sensitive and rights-based approaches in security policy design and implementation.

Available courses in 2018/19:

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law for PP Students, Fall, Roberts Lyer, 2 credits

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism, Fall, Sitter, 4 credits

The Politics of Drug Policy, Fall, Buxton, 2 credits

Designing Interventions to Respond to Conflict and Violence, Winter, Buxton, 2 credits

Conflict Analysis, Winter, Buxton, 2 credits

Cancelled for 18/19: Human Rights Law and Mechanisms for Public Policy Students* (MPA students may take it in 2019/20), Roberts Lyer, 4 credits

Security in the Global South: Latin America case study, Fall, Buxton, 2 credits

Intervention in Action: South Sudan, Spring, Large, 2 credits