Тематический план

  • Course Description

    The seminar (CRIP), a corrolary to JPM689 and JPM948 lectures, shall familiarise and engage students with critical perspectives on several key contemporary phenomena: warfare, (counter-)terror, violent rebellion and ‘hybridity’. A special session will be dedicated to the feminist perspective on violence in international relations. The readings around which class discussions shall be organised are drawn from a diversity of disciplinary fields including political and international relations theory, military history, international political sociology and critical security studies.

  • 1. Conceptual Introduction (October 14, 2021)

  • 2. Warfare: Past and Future (November 11, 2021)

    • Receive a grade
  • 3. (Counter-)Terror (November 25, 2021)

    • Receive a grade
  • 4. Feminist Perspective on Violence (December 9, 2021)

    • Receive a grade
  • 5. Rebellion (January 6, 2022)

    • Receive a grade
  • 6. Hybrids (January 6, 2022)

    • Receive a grade
  • Requirements and Assessment

    The final grade shall be a composite of preparatory activity (10%), class participation (10%), presentation (30%) and final exam (50%). Preparatory activity shall consist in successful completion of brief tests on reading assigned to the entire class (A and/or B). These tests must be completed by the due date indicated in the Moodle. Presentation (10 minutes) shall consist of a critical overview of one other piece of reading (Ax or Bx) and relating it to the argument of the reading to which it is linked in the syllabus. The assignment of presentations to be prepared by students shall be done during the introductory session. (No presentations are scheduled for this session.) Handouts (1 page) are to be prepared and distributed to fellow students and the lecturer by the presenter by email at least one day in advance. The final exam will take the form of a submitted research paper (2,000 words, excluding references). Students are expected to use relevant secondary literature to support their argument and follow all standards of academic writing when preparing their paper. They may choose one of the following topics and submit the paper by January 17, 2022:

    1)         Explore the subject of hybrid forms of war from a critical perspective. What is (not) new about it, and how is the presumed novelty of the threat framed in securitisation narratives?

    2)         Trace the evolution of the Global War on Terror from critical perspectives. How has it impacted global politics?

    3)         Provide a comparative analysis of two cases of rebel governance, and state’s responses to it, drawing on current literature on the subject.


    In line with Opatření děkanky 17/2018, the following grading scale is used:

    91% and more                        A

    81-90%                                   B

    71-80%                                   C

    61-70%                                   D

    51-60%                                   E

    0-50%                                     F

    Attendance is mandatory, but allowance is made for absence of no more than two sessions, one of which must be the introductory session. Students who miss the introductory session are requested to contact the lecturer without delay at ditrych@fsv.cuni.cz to arrange the distribution of class assignments. Students are furthermore requested to report their absence in the other sessions in advance.