Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3106: Biopolitics of Security

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:

Foucault, M., 1984. The Foucault reader. Pantheon. (Selections: "The Body of the Condemned", ‘"Docile Bodies", "Panopticism").

Foucault, Michel. "Essential Works of Foucault 1954-84. Vol. 3: Power." (1994). (Selections: “Governmentality”).

Scott, David. "Colonial governmentality." Social text 43 (1995): 191-220.

Basaran, Tugba. "The saved and the drowned: Governing indifference in the name of security." Security Dialogue 46, no. 3 (2015): 205-220.

Agamben, Giorgio. Homo sacer: Sovereign power and bare life. Stanford University Press, 1998. (Selections)

Agamben, Giorgio. State of exception. Vol. 2. University of Chicago Press, 2005. (Selections)

Butler, Judith. Precarious life: The powers of mourning and violence. Verso, 2006. (Selections)

Ticktin, Miriam. "Policing and humanitarianism in France: immigration and the turn to law as state of exception." Interventions 7, no. 3 (2005): 346-368.

Doty, Roxanne Lynn. "Bare life: border-crossing deaths and spaces of moral alibi." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29, no. 4 (2011): 599-612.



Modern Times. Directed by Charlie Chaplin (1936)

Lemon Tree. Directed by Eran Riklis (2008)

The Battle of Algiers. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (1965)

The Architecture of Violence. Directed by Ana Naomi de Sousa (2014)