PSCI 323 Spring 2015 Oil and International Security (W)

This course examines how oil has shaped great power politics from the early twentieth century to the present. It discusses the role oil played in the conduct of both World Wars, international security competition in the twentieth century, and American grand strategy from 1945-2001. It then considers contemporary oil-related issues such as the potential for great power rivalry in the Middle East and the Caspian Basin, the (in)significance of the ongoing U.S. oil and gas boom for American foreign policy, and the possibility that Russia and other energy exporters could use the "oil weapon" as an instrument of political blackmail. These and other topics are examined through numerous theoretical lenses, including theories of resource conflict, economic interdependence, and political coercion.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, oral presentation, 2 or 3 short writing exercises (3-5 pages), and a 15-page research paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: at least one course in international relations, preferably PSCI 202, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: junior and senior Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: POEC International Political Economy Courses,PSCI International Relations Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 3673
PSCI 323 - 01 (S) SEM Oil and International Security (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Rosemary A. Kelanic
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Sawyer 501 3673
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