PSCI 225
International Security Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed LEAD 225
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This is a course about war and peace. It deals with some of the most foundational questions that concern scholars of security studies: What accounts for great power conflict and cooperation? Is intense security competition between major states inevitable, or can they get along, provided their main interests are protected? Does the structure of the international system necessarily cause conflict? Do particularly aggressive states? Can wars occur “by accident”? When and why do states choose to use military force? What role does statecraft play in matters of war and peace? How do nuclear weapons affect great power politics? The course will consider these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective that combines political science concepts with an historical approach to the evidence. The bulk of the course deals with the major events in the history of great power politics, such as the causes and conduct of World War I and World War II; the origins and course of the Cold War; the nuclear revolution; and the post-Cold War period. The course concludes with an examination of a number of major contemporary policy debates in security studies.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3678
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two 6- to 8-page papers, final
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
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
LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership
PSCI International Relations Courses

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