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|DPPG 8599 - HumanSecurity:Concept & Policy|
The concept of "human security" was first introduced in the 1994 Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Program. It has since attracted growing attention in the academic and policy communities around the world. The concept has also become part of official policy in some countries, including Japan and Canada. In contrast to the traditional concept of "national security" with its focus on the security of the state against military threats, "human security" emphasizes the protection of individual citizens¹ security not only from war and other forms of physical violence but also from threats of a political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental nature. At the most fundamental level, ³human security² is defined as "freedom from fear" and "freedom from want," but beyond that there are competing approaches to it, as well as critical challenges to it both as a concept and as a guide for national or international policy.
This course will critically examine:
(1) "human security" as a concept;
(2) opportunities and challenges in translating the concept into policy"; and
(3) case studies of human security problems and policies from around the world.