LEAD 225
International Security Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 225 / LEAD 225
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This course explores the politics of international security. States, sub-state actors, trans-national networks, and supra-state organizations all employ violence or the threat of violence to pursue political objectives. The course is divided into three parts. First, we begin with foundational theories of war, seeking to understand its causes, varieties, and implications. Why do political leaders choose war? How does the threat of war affect international politics? What are the sources of power? Second, we look at how states and non-state actors organize themselves to produce, control, and deploy the military power at their disposal. How are soldiers trained, equipped, and commanded? How do different types of governing institutions affect the likelihood and conduct of war-fighting? What non-violent tools enhance the effectiveness of the military? Third, we examine specific threats to international peace, from nuclear weapons to civil war to climate change.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3986
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, 2 x 2-3 pp. response papers, 6-7 pp. midterm paper, final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: PSCI majors, LEAD concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 225 Division II LEAD 225 Division II
Attributes: GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership
PSCI International Relations Courses

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