BSSb1112 Threats and Risks of the Present World

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 7 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Josef Kraus, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Miriam Matejova, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. David Jirásek (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jan Kleiner (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Patricie Sušovská (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tomáš Zwiefelhofer (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Josef Kraus, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Division of Security and Strategic Studies - Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 12:00–13:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
! BSS112 Threats and Risks && ! NOW ( BSS112 Threats and Risks ) && ! NOW ( BSS107 Threats ) && ! BSS107 Threats
We expect a thorough knowledge of this book: Buzan, Barry – Ole Waever – Jaap de Wilde (2005): Bezpečnost. Nový rámec pro analýzu. Brno: Barrister & Principal.
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
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Course objectives
The course aims to introduce risks and threats of the modern era. The new approaches to security research will be taken into account, so the course will not be restricted to "hard security" only. The attention will be given to so-called new security threats (asymmetric threats) as well as to the research of contemporary armed conflicts which have a different character than classical "clausewitzian" war.
Learning outcomes
Knowledge of the most important phenomenon in current security issues, such as terrorism, religous extremism, organized crime, security privatization etc.
  • 1. Introduction, definitions, new security threats, war etc. 2. Theoretical approach towards conflict 3. Conflict and natural resources anc conflict of interest 4. Ethnicity, nationalism, and a conflict of values 5. Conflict solution 6. Privatization of armed conflict 7. Religious radicalism 8. Organized crime 9. Terrorism 10. Arms proliferation 11. State failure as a security threat 12. Migration, demographic pressures and civilization colapse 13. Environmental threats
    required literature
  • ŠMÍD, Tomáš. Etnické konflikty v postkomunistickém prostoru (Ethnic conflicts in Post-Communist Area). In VAĎURA, Vladimír. Etnické konflikty v postkomunistickém prostoru. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2007. 278 pp. ISBN 978-80-7325-126-0. info
  • BUZAN, Barry, Ole WAEVER and Jaap de WILDE. Bezpečnost : nový rámec pro analýzu. Translated by Ivo Lukáš. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum strategických studií, 2005. 267 s. ISBN 8090333362. info
  • PARIS, Roland. At war's end : building peace after civil conflict. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xi, 289. ISBN 0521541972. URL info
  • SINGER, P. W. Corporate warriors : the rise of the privatized military industry. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. xi, 330. ISBN 0801489156. info
  • Natural resources and violent conflict : options and actions. Edited by Ian Bannon - Paul Collier. Washington: The World Bank, 2003. xviii, 409. ISBN 0821355031. info
  • KLARE, Michael T. Resource wars : the new landscape of global conflict. 1st ed. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2001. 289 s. ISBN 0805055762. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
The exam is constituted by a test only, an open and close question will be demanded.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
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