PSCI 323
Oil and International Security Spring 2015
Division II Writing Skills
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3673
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, oral presentation, 2 or 3 short writing exercises (3-5 pages), and a 15-page research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: at least one course in international relations, preferably PSCI 202, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: junior and senior Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: POEC International Political Economy Courses
PSCI International Relations Courses
PSCI Research Courses

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