ASTK18180U Maritime Security: Research at the Ocean Frontier
Security Risk Management
Political Science students: Limited intake
SRM students has priority
Maritime security is a thriving field of international activity. Issues such as piracy, extremist violence at sea, the smuggling of people and illicit goods via the sea, or environmental crimes such as illegal fishing have become major international political concerns, and in consequence are increasingly seen as priority issues on the international security agenda. While there is a growing level of activity to respond to maritime security challenges, the field of maritime security remains one of the least studied areas of international security and global governance.
In this seminar, we review the problems, institutions, actors, and responses of maritime security in the light of contemporary international relations theory. The course provides a concise introduction to security problems at sea, and how to situate and analyze them. It also discusses why we should pay more attention to the oceans as a field of international activity.
In the course you will practice how to analyze a maritime security issue and how to present your results to a wider public. The course draws on and is related to the work of the international research network SafeSeas (see www.safeseas.net), the research project Transnational Organized Crime at Sea (TOCAS) in partnership with the University of Bristol and the project Analyzing Maritime Insecurity in Ghana (AMARIS) in partnership with institutions in Ghana.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary maritime security challenges, how different international actors respond to them, as well as gain knowledge about the core approaches for the analysis and interpretation of security practices.
You will learn and practice core analytical skills including summarizing, processing, interpreting and presenting information and dealing with a large number of data and texts as well as how to write integrative literature reviews and encyclopedic articles.
You will learn how to conduct small-scale research project on a contemporary security challenge in writing a literature review and a Wikipedia entry.
Bueger, Christian. 2015. What is Maritime Security?, Marine Policy 53: 159-164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.12.005
Urbina, Ian. 2015. The Outlaw Ocean, New York Times Series, available at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/07/24/world/the-outlaw-ocean.html
Bueger, Christian and Tim Edmunds. 2017. Beyond Seablindness: A New Agenda for Maritime Security Studies, International Affairs 93(6): 1293–1311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ia/iix174
Nye, Joseph S. 1975. “Ocean Rule Making from a World Politics Perspective.” Ocean Development & International Law 3(1): 29–52, https://doi.org/10.1080/00908327509545557
Havice, Elizabeth, and Anna Zalik. 2018. “Ocean Frontiers: Epistemologies, Jurisdictions, Commodifications.” International Social Science Journal 68(229–230): 219–35.
Voyer, Michelle et al. 2018. “Maritime Security and the Blue Economy: Intersections and Interdependencies in the Indian Ocean.” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 14(1): 28–48.
Steinberg, Philip E. 2001. The Social Construction of the Ocean. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Class Instruction
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentFree Written Assignement
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
In the semester where the course takes place: Free written assignment
In subsequent semesters: Free written assignment
Criteria for exam assesment
Criteria for exam assesment
- Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
- Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
- Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree Master
- 1 semester
- Course is also available as continuing and professional education
- Study board
- Study Board for Security Risk Management
- Department of Political Science
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Christian Bueger (16-656a746b75766b637030647767696774426b6875306d7730666d)