Content of the Global Biopolitics Master's Degree Programme

Why did the governance of the life of populations become a central concern for modern states and what have the consequences been for life? The University of Lapland will enable students to answer these questions by offering the first ever master’s degree programme in Global Biopolitics. The programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the politics of ‘life’ through training in the theories and concepts of biopolitics, as formulated by Michel Foucault and other key thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze, Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri and Roberto Esposito. The programme will focus especially on the importance of biopolitics for the development of issues in the Social Sciences, and International Relations and Political Science especially.
The programme will examine how ‘biopolitics’ provides a distinctive way of understanding how states and other political powers have learnt to govern populations in the global era, as well as how biopolitical governance has developed in constitution of global problems. The course will engage students in the study of a broad range of biopolitical issues, historical and contemporary, practical and theoretical, from a variety of perspectives, but with particular attention to the importance of biopolitics for problems of war, peace, violence, security, and development. Students will learn how the concept of biopolitics opens up new and distinctive perspectives for political theorists and the critique of power, naming distinct forms of power and domains of struggle, and how the concept and problem of the political is changing as a result.
The Global Biopolitics Master Programme (120 ECTS) Degree Structure:

IRGB1300   Advanced Level Studies in Global Biopolitics 120 ECTS   
IRGB1301 Introduction to Global Biobolitics 30 ECTS  1st year
IRGB1307 The Biopolitics of Indigeneity 10 ECTS  1st year
IRGB1308 The Biopolitics of Resistance 10 ECTS  1st year
IRGB1309 The Biopolitics of Exception and Emergency 15 ECTS  1st year
IRGB1305 Thesis Seminar 15 ECTS  2nd year
IRGB1306 Master's Thesis 40 ECTS  2nd year