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Human Security and Society

WG1/WG5. Module Human Security and Society”

Leader University:  Universidad de Córdoba. Spain.

Aim and objectives

“Human Security and Society” is a convergence-based module intended for graduate and post-graduate students. The concept of “Human Security” has become popular during the last years and there are many different interpretations and theoretical approaches towards human security issues.

This module refers to cross-disciplinary studies of radiation security, human security in the contaminated territories and the role of society in elaborating human-oriented policy.

The module’s courses prepare students for identifying, developing and implementing effective solutions to environmental challenges in territories contaminated by radiation, both in a national and in an international context. The primary objective is to educate future decision-makers in government, international structures, and non-profit organizations.

The Module is based on the Concept of Interdisciplinary Studies (CIT) and offers convergence disciplinary curricula in both theoretical and environmental studies. «Human Security and Society» module is designed to challenge students’ ability to integrate theory and practice for systematic analysis, and management of key environmental problems in international and regional social contexts.


Structure of the Module «Human Security and Society»

Human security here is more than an ecological or societal level of security studies. As a cross-disciplinary development approach, the Module comprises not only various forms of radiation, environmental, and physical security; it also refers to questions of non-traditional secure challenges such as disasters, both natural and human impacted, human rights within  contaminated territories, as well as psychological and social consequences of radiation threats.

With the aims and objectives of the Module and CIT approach in mind the following structure of the Module (sub-modules) can be determined:

  • Society & Human Security in Radioactive Zones;
  • Chernobyl Disaster or other: Social & Psychological Problems;
  • Human Rights on the Contaminated Territories.

These sub-modules have different integrated approaches towards theoretical understanding of human security and towards radiology, including perceptions of radiation disasters in human psychology and in society, as well as the role of law and implementations of human rights in contaminated territories. Four Universities involved in this Module are Ural Federal University, Kiev State University, Belarusian State University and University of Córdoba.