Tue, Sep 29

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


  • Ch. 10, Human Security (Persaud, 144-158)


  • Articulate the main assumptions of human security
  • Explain how human security conceptualizes security
  • Describe human security's prescription(s) for security
  • Contrast human security to other covered approaches


  • Copenhagen School (152)
  • HIV/AIDS (145)
  • International Criminal Court (144)
  • malaria (149)
  • Millennium Development Goals (144)
  • non-state actors (154)
  • state-centricity (157)


Questions (157)

  1. What is human security? How is it different from traditional forms of security analysis?
  2. What are the main intellectual and institutional sources of human security?
  3. What is the relationship among human security, human rights, and international law? Illustrate your answer with a case study.
  4. Human security is now so entrenched in international institutions, the foreign policy of governments, in the work of NGOs, in academic scholarship and among activists, that it can no longer be "dismissed." Discuss.
  5. What are the human security grounds for and against humanitarian intervention? Write your answer with reference to two specific cases since the end of the Cold War.
  6. How does critical theory help you understand the emergence of human security as an "intellectual project"?
  7. What, if any, are the limits to addressing the"freedom-from-want" components of human security within the current structure of global capitalism?
  8. Great power politics are the main impediment to meeting the demands associated with the freedom from fear and freedom from want. Discuss.