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RESM6013 Contemporary Issues in Citizenship, Governance and Security

Module Overview

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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Know and understand interdisciplinary perspectives on the topics of Citizenship, Governance and Security
  • Apply interdisciplinary perspectives on Citizenship, Governance and Security on contemporary issues
  • Distinguish theoretical perspectives on citizenship, governance and security in a range of disciplines
  • Critically evaluate the public discourse on historical and contemporary issues of citizenship, governance and security.
  • Engage in and contribute to scholarly and popular discourse on contemporary issues drawing on a range of disciplines


The module aims at developing interdisciplinary perspectives on citizenship, governance and security. Students will be introduced to these concepts from different interdisciplinary perspectives and apply them to contemporary issues such as for example the refugee crisis, Brexit, populist movements, Islamic terrorism. In addition, we will analyse reflect on the popular discourse on these issues and theorise them from different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Week 1 Introduction & overview Week 2 & 3 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Citizenship Week 4 & 5 Interdiciplinary Perspectives on Governance Week 6 & 7 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Security Week 8 & 9 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Contemporary Issues Week 10 & 11 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Popular Discourse on Contemporary Issues Week 12 - Wrap up

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be conducted via lectures, seminars, field trips, group work and independent study. Throughout the module, students will maintain a website which will serve as a clearing house for relevant publications and events. Towards the end of the module, students will present group projects (audio, video, poster) to the entire SCDTP cohort.

Wider reading or practice22
Preparation for scheduled sessions54
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Brown, W. (2006). Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire. 

Kivisto, Peter and Faist, Thomas (2007). Citizenship: discourse, theory and transnational perspectives.. 

Lister, Ruth (2003). Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives. 

Young, J. (1999). The Exclusive Society: Social Exclusion, Crime and Difference in Late Modernity. 

Standing, G. (2011). The Precariat: the new Dangerous Class. 

Ericson, R.V. (2007). Crime in an Insecure World. 

Halsaa, Beatrice, Roseneil, Sasha and Sevil Sumer (eds.). emaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: Women’s Movements, Gender and Diversity. 

Armstrong, Chris et. al. (2010). Prospects for Citizenship. 

Dwywer, Peter (2003). Understanding Social Citizenship. Themes and perspectivs for policy and practice.. 

Tyler, I. (2013). Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neo-liberal Britain. 

Neocleous, M. (2008). Critique of Security. 

Coleman, Stephen and Jay G. Blumler (2009). The Internet and Democratic Citizenship. 

Zizek, S. (2008). Violence. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Book review  (1000 words) 40%
Poster Presentation 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Book review  (1000 words) 40%
Digital presentation 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

There will be costs for students, staff and invited speakers travelling to Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton. These costs will be covered by the SCDTP.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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