Thu, Aug 27

POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin


  • Ch. 1, Introduction: What is Security Studies? (Collins, 1-10)


  • Learn/know how to use the textbook features
  • Define/explain what "security" is and includes
  • Consider prospects for achieving/insuring security


  • HIV/AIDS (2)
  • referent object (2)
  • traditional security (4)
  • non-traditional security (4)
  • End of History (5)
  • human security (6)
  • Ku Klux Klan (8)
  • Al-Qaeda (8)
  • responsibility to protecct (R2P) (9)


  1. What is security studies?
  2. What does it mean to be secure?
  3. How should we study security?
  4. What might each of the approaches discussed in this chapter have to say about, or contribute to, security studies? Be specific.
  5. Which of the approaches introduced in this chapter makes the most sense to you? Why?
  6. How does the "choice" of a referent object affect our understanding of a given security issue? Are referent objects actually "chosen"? How so, or why not?
  7. What chapters or security topics do you most look forward to exploring, this semester, and why?
  8. Do you think it's possible to "achieve security"? Why or why not?
  9. Who is (and/or should be) responsible for achieving security? Why, and how so? Be specific.