BSS403 Comparative Analysis of Security Policy

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2011
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 9 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miroslav Mareš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Anna Shavit, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miroslav Mareš, Ph.D.
Division of Security and Strategic Studies - Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Wed 12:00–13:30 U41
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course is intended as a comparative analysis of security policy at various levels (international, regional, national, sub-national) and in various security sectors. The goals of the course are to develop and strengthen participant’s qualities in understanding and analyzing various sources of information such as written texts (analysis, reports, news etc.); visual materials (videos, images etc.) and the capability of writing concise and on arguments based analysis. Additional goal of the course is to explain how the comparative method and policy analysis are used within the research of security field. Students should be able to use comparative policy analysis in their research activities.
  • 1. Introduction to the course 2. Conceptualization of comparative analysis of security policy Analytical Thinking Training 3. Case studies of the text analysis I. (reports, news articles etc.) 4. Case studies of the text analysis II. 5. Case studies of analysis of visual materials 6. Comparative analysis of security systems 7. Comparative analysis of security concepts 8. Comparative analysis of foreign security policy 9. Comparative analysis of military policy 10. Comparative analysis of homeland security policy 11. Comparative analysis of other fields of security policy 12. Summary of the course
    required literature
  • Extended valid list of literature is in the section study materials.
  • Comparative politics. Edited by Daniele Caramani. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. xliv, 786. ISBN 9780199298419. info
    recommended literature
  • Foreign policy : theories, actors, cases. Edited by Steve Smith - Timothy Dunne - Amelia Hadfield. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. xxvi, 442. ISBN 9780199215294. info
  • Contemporary security analysis and Copenhagen peace research. Edited by Stefano Guzzini - Dietrich Jung. New York: Routledge, 2004. xvi, 255. ISBN 0415324106. URL info
Teaching methods
The course takes the form of both lectures and seminars. There are explained comparative approaches and policy analysis approaches within lectures, which are further discussed during seminars. Presentation of outlines of students' seminar works is a part of a seminar, as well as presentations by professionals in the sectors.
Assessment methods
Students will receive a final grading for the semester based on the following components: Presentation of the outline of the final paper (“seminary thesis”) (max. 6 points) and final paper (seminary thesis) (max. 18 points): final paper should be written to the course relevant topic (length approx. 16 pages (35 000 characters), longer thesis only after consultation with lecturer). The topic of the final paper and date of presentation of its outline specifies lecturer. Components of evaluation: original authors approach, relevant goals and methods, theoretical background, conceptualizing of the topic, structure, sources and literature. Deadline for submission: June 1, 2011 (“Odevzdávárna” in the IS MU). Reports based on readings (max. 24 points, max 6 points for each): Students are expected to write 4 reports (2800-3500 characters each) on 4 different topics (in relation to the readings). Papers should respect criteria from lectures. Reports should be uploaded in the Information system MU (section “Odevzdávárny), at least 6 hours prior to the seminar. The students must participate in sessions for which they submit their reports. Final written exam (max. 12 points): There will be a final in-class written exam, consisting of two questions based on required readings and discussions in classes. Special bonus: Max 6 points for extraordinary actively participation in the seminars by posing questions of clarification or bringing up problems for discussion. Grading: A 60 - 56 B 55-51 C 50 – 46 D 45 - 41 E 40 - 36 F 35 - 0
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Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
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