Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2018



Course Number

DIPL 2120

Course Description

This course focuses on the international politics of security in which conflict and cooperation dynamics are center-stage. International security is a field that looks at the threat and uses of force by state and non-state actors for political ends. We will discuss the origins of major power wars, the nuclear revolution, strategies of peace and violence, and asymmetric conflicts from a perspective that is not US-centric. Some of the questions we will address are: Why do states go to war? Under what circumstances have peaceful dispute resolutions taken place? Does humanitarian intervention exist? What are the current trends pertaining to political violence?