The Politics of Commercial Security

Anna Leander

MINT111 | Spring  | 6 ECTS 

Across the world, security has been thoroughly commercialized. In this course, we explore this commercializing of security. We focus on its political significance. The overarching question we pursue is if/how /through what processes commercial security is fashioning political hierarchies, values and agency. It is a “case based” course. The cases introduce commercial security practices in areas such as military interventions, training, intelligence, regulation, migration control and cybersecurity. They will take the form of organization visits/guest lecturers by professionals (to the extent possible). The seminar discussions will relate the cases to theoretically grounded understandings of political process and encourage action oriented reflection about how these processes might be intervened. At the end of the course participants will have a thorough understanding of commercial security and its politics. They will also have acquired the methodological skills required to independently analyze the politics of commercial security as well as experience with case-based, problem oriented, methodologies involving group-work.