The Evolution of Global Security

Jussi Hanhimäki

MINT113 | Spring | 6 ECTS 

This core course will provide students an overview of the evolution of the global/international security system over the past century. The course will begin by exploring the evolution of the interactions – in peace and war – of sovereign nation states. We will then reach ‘above’ the confines of state-to-state relations by exploring the historical evolution of international and intergovernmental organisations (such as the UN) and various efforts at integration and cooperation. Lastly, the course will examine the evolution of so-called 'new security' by exploring the security challenges posed by various transnational phenomena (such as migration and the impact of non-state actors) and the rise of new technology. We will close with a simple question: how 'new' is 'new security' ?