PSCI 225
International Security Spring 2010
Division II
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This course provides an introduction to international security, a field that is fundamentally about how states and non-state actors use force to achieve their political and economic objectives? We will seek answers to questions such as: when do states threaten to use force and for what purposes? Do alliances and multilateral institutions such as the United Nations help promote peace? Does the spread of nuclear weapons make the world a safer or more dangerous place? How do terrorists use violence to realize their objectives and when is it effective? Can intervention in civil wars prevent bloodshed and bring stability to failed states? How will “non-traditional threats” such as environmental scarcity, migration, and climate change shape international security in the twenty-first century? Throughout this course, students will be encouraged to consider the normative question of who should provide security in international politics and who should benefit from this protection.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 35
Expected: 35
Class#: 3160
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm exam, one medium length final paper, three short memorandums, in-class debate, and class participation
Prerequisites: none; Political Science 202 is recommended
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
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