This seminar is oriented around the production of an original research paper, and will examine a selection of issues in contemporary security studies from a broadly critical perspective. The seminar does not deal directly with the 'classical' issues (such as causes of war, deterrence, arms control or alliance theory), but does presume background knowledge of them. Instead, it deals with contemporary themes and issues such as 'securitization,' biopolitics, networds of risk, the performance of security, and and societal security. Issues are selected to illustrate a particular concept or method, and while not comprehensive, the seminar is broad enough to allow students to explore a range of conceptual and practical issues for their research papers, within different critical approaches to contemporary security challenges.