This module provides interdisciplinary perspectives on citizenship, governance and security by considering contemporary issues for example the refugee crisis, Brexit, the rise of populist movements and Islamic terrorism from a range of disciplines including area studies, criminology, gerontology, politics and international relations, social policy and sociology. For example, social movements are approached quite differently from criminological, gerontological, political science, psychological, social policy and sociological perspectives. Classical and contemporary theories of these disciplines and fields will be applied to the understanding of contemporary issues and connect them with a critical appraisal of media representations and popular discourses.
The module will give MSc students the opportunity to sharpen their research interests and will allow PGR students to reflect on and discuss their research projects in light of current affairs. The module will include presentations from academics from the three partner universities (Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton), academic staff from other universities as well as local, national and international practitioners in the public, private and third sectors. Meetings will alternate between the partner universities. The module, which will run over two semesters and meets fortnightly during term time might include field trips.
Students will maintain a website throughout the year in which relevant material (including links to scholarly and popular publications, blogs and events) will be publicized.