Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2018



Course Number

DIPL 3150AA and AB

Course Description

Human security is about the security of people. It looks at the issues facing humanity at any level (global, national, or local) from a human-centered perspective. It is an evolving interdisciplinary field that conceptualizes security from a multi-variant perspective. Unlike traditional understandings of security that revolve around the security of the state, human security places 'people' at the center of its analyses. It is a new paradigm in International Relations (IR) that emerged in the post-Cold-War international security and political contexts characterized by the emergence of unconventional, multi- variant, and multidimensional threats. Its scope of analyzing these threats goes broader and deeper than the conventional security studies-deepened from state to humans/individuals and broadened from merely invasion/ military to threats to individuals and communities.

The New Dimensions of Human Security is a multidisciplinary undergraduate course that examines the theoretical underpinnings and practical dimensions of this new security paradigm. The course also focuses on the distinctions between human security and other policy frameworks including national security, human development, and human rights. It offers students the opportunity to look at the contemporary issues and threats at global, national, and community levels by placing emphasis on the people. In addition, the course introduces students to the various critiques on human security.