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Internationalization of Crisis and Security Management

Vak 2014-2015


In a globalized world, security concerns and crises are no longer exclusively managed by states. International cooperation, multilateral laws and policies are increasingly expected to deal with phenomena including cyberspace security, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal migration, flooding, nuclear incidents or international terrorism. The internationalization of crisis and security management, however, raises questions concerning national sovereignty, the rule of law and accountability.

From an academic perspective this course addresses contemporary international security dilemmas as well as the measures that national governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and transnational companies employ to tackle these phenomena. Thereby emphasizing security governance in the European Union (legislation and policies, security institutions, cross-border investigations and law enforcement challenges) as well as multilateral responses to international security threats and crises (the role of international security actors, international public law, humanitarian intervention and aid and transitional justice).

Learning objectives

After the course – Students have acquired a theoretical basis for understanding crisis and security management on a European and international level. – Students have acquired knowledge of empirical based research into international cooperation and cross-border dimensions of crisis and security management. – Students have acquired awareness about normative framework for responding to international crises and threats to security. – Students are capable of researching and analysing international crisis and security topics and are capable of reporting academically about their research.



Methods of instruction

This course consists of lectures and is compulsory.

Study load

  • total study load 140 hrs., of which: – contact hours: 21 – self-study hours: 119

Method of assessment

  1. Students have to prepare questions, based on the literature of that week, in order to moderate the discussion with guest speakers.

    1. Students have to write (mid-term assignment) a short literature review. This short paper also functions as the introductory paragraph of the final paper (30% of total grade).
    2. Students have to write a research paper (final assignment) (70% of total grade).

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Yes; BB will become available two weeks before the course starts

Other course materials/literature

To be announced


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Jelle van Buuren