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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2018–2019
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POLKVA41 Commercial Actors in Security and War 5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Politiikan tutkimuksen tutkinto-ohjelma
Kansainvälinen politiikka
Faculty of Management

General description

Course description: The phenomenon of military and security outsourcing has consequences in both the practices and politics of security. It has also been argued that it challenges the monopoly states have on war. In the post-Cold War era, the role of commercial actors has increasingly grown in the planning and execution of state foreign and security policy. While private military and security companies operate in conflict areas, other businesses provide services ranging from training to intelligence gathering.

This course will provide an overview of current topics in the research of military and security outsourcing. Beyond discussing the recent history and current situation related to the phenomenon, military and security outsourcing will also be used as examine larger themes in security studies, such as the changing nature of warfare, the relationship between war, state and citizens, and related norms and international laws.

Learning goals: Following the course, students will understand the role commercial actors have come to play in the execution of foreign and security policy. They will also be able to critically examine the consequences of these developments and place them in the larger context of changes in warfare and international security.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Mikko Räkköläinen, Teacher responsible


30-Oct-2018 – 30-Nov-2018
Lectures 25 hours
Tue 30-Oct-2018 - 27-Nov-2018 weekly at 13-15.30, Pinni A2089
20-Nov-2018 at 13 –16 , Linna K109
Fri 2-Nov-2018 - 30-Nov-2018 weekly at 13-15.30, Pinni A2089
2-Nov-2018 at 13 –15.30 , Main building D13


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Teaching methods: The coursework will consist of 10 lessons of 2,5 hours. For lessons 2-10 students are expected to familiarize themselves with provided materials. The lessons will consist of short lectures, as well as group discussions and small presentations. After the contact sessions, students are to prepare an essay of 7-9 pages on a relevant question of their own choosing.

Study materials

Teaching materials: To be confirmed.

Further information

Compulsory preceding studies: POLPOP01 Introduction to International Relations, or equivalent studies at sending institution (exchange students).