PSCI 225 Fall 2014 International Security

This course examines when, why, and how military threats and military force are used to obtain political objectives. We will discuss the many methods through which states and non-state actors attempt to convince their opponents to meet political demands, including military coercion, economic coercion, forced migrations, terrorism, guerrilla warfare, nuclear blackmail and all-out conventional warfare. We will also explore how the organizational attributes of these actors--for example, leadership structures, military cultures, and bureaucratic politics-- may affect their decisions to use force and the effectiveness with which they do so. The course focuses on the period from the end of World War II until the present.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two 4- to 5-page papers, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership,PSCI International Relations Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1593
PSCI 225 - 01 (F) LEC International Security Division 2: Social Studies Rosemary A. Kelanic
MWF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Steson Mabie Room 1593
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