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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG3291 Geographies of Global Insecurities: New Dynamics

10 creditsClass Size: 21

Module manager: Dr Martin Purvis

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG3290Geographies of Global Insecurities

Module replaces

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The contemporary world is faced by interrelated challenges that generate substantial political, economic, socio-cultural and environmental insecurities. This module focuses upon a series of key challenges: conflict between states and non-state actors; socio-economic inequality; and migration/(im)mobility. It analyses the geographical dynamics and expressions of insecurity that such challenges generate, as well as policy and popular response to them.


By the end of this module students who have engaged well with the syllabus should be able to:
1. display an informed understanding of the inter-related insecurities associated with conflict between state and non-state actors; socio-economic inequality; migration and (im)mobility.
2. engage with political ideas and theories associated with the concept of geographies of insecurity;
3. demonstrate an awareness of the multi-faceted nature of insecurity in the contemporary world, including its economic and political underpinnings and social and cultural expressions;
4. use academic, journalistic and electronic information sources to inform their critical analysis of processes of insecurity and inequality;
5. express their understanding in written and oral forms.

Learning outcomes
• Changing conceptions of security and insecurity in the contemporary world, and the ways in which these relate to environmental, territorial, political and social conflicts.
• An understanding of debates about the roles of states and non-state actors in promoting both security and insecurity.
• An understanding of the social and spatial impact and implications of human migration and (im)mobility in an insecure world.
• The interrelationships between inequality,and migration/(im)mobility
• The geographies of difference and inequality with particular reference to historical development, ethnicity, class, gender and the changing nature of urban and regional economies and policy.
• The dynamic nature of geographical thought and practice and the inter-relationships between the discipline and the social sciences.

Skills outcomes
Cognitive skills
Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
Developing reasoned arguments

Practical/professional skills
Plan, design, execute and report geographical research
Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of qualitative geographical data
Recognise the ethical issues involved in geographical debates and enquiries

Key skills
Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations
Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources
Work as part of a team and to recognise and respect the viewpoints of others
Manage time and organise work effectively.


The indicative content for this module includes:

Block 1: Global insecurities: Political and Geopolitical Perspectives
Inter-state conflict: Continuity and change
Non-state actors

Block 2: Migration and (Im)mobility
Migration and securitization
Forced migration: Refugees and trafficking
Carceral geographies and racial capitalism
Producing insecurity: Irregular migrants

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 30 hours reading to support individual lectures and to prepare for seminars
- 50 hours reading, bibliographical research and preparation for sem 1 assessed essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through participation in seminars.
Formative feedback will be provided to students in the seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/09/2021


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