RS: Visual Politics of Security

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LYX034M10
Vaknaam RS: Visual Politics of Security
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: Visual Politics of Security
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the research seminars, a student is at least able to:

L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the specialization(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of specialization. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English or Dutch. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3).

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving Various debates in the field of Security Studies have shown that security, an essentially contested concept, is studied from a variety of angles. This research seminar explores the visual dimension in the study of security. It builds on my own research and takes advantage of recent interdisciplinary studies, which made important contributions to better understand the nexus of visuality and security. Both concepts are broadly defined and understood to be closely interlinked.

Questions to be discussed include, but are not limited to: “How does visuality intersect with security?”, “How do visuals show, speak or practice security?” and “How can visual security be analyzed?”. Students can explore the politics of visual technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones, films, maps, photography, satellites and/or video surveillance at multiple sites of security in individual and group-based assignments. Topics of interest include conflict (e.g. terrorism, war, gender-based violence), diseases (e.g. COVID-19, Ebola, SARS), environment (e.g. climate change, natural disasters), migration (e.g. refugees, race and racism) and peace (e.g. memory, reconciliation, transitional justice).

The research seminar will contribute to the employability of students at a time where people are said to be exposed to images as never before. Students will develop a form of critical visual literacy concerning what visuals do, how they function and what kind of implications arise from particular ways of seeing and showing security. The seminar set up also allows for external guest speakers (tbc) and excursions (e.g. World Press Photo exhibition).

The course strongly appeals to the self-reliance and creativity of students. For the first seminar session, students will be asked to bring and talk about a photograph, that they thought was important for shaping their understanding of security. The photograph should be linked to the mandatory readings of the first session and sent a week before to the instructor via email.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. D.U. Shim
Docent(en) Dr. D.U. Shim
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the master IR.
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR https://student.portal.rug.nl/infonet/studenten/let/programmes/ma-irio/. It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 23 August 2021 12.00 hrs (noon) until Wednesday 1 September 2021 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 10 September. Research Seminars start in the week of 13 September.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester I verplicht