Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2018



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Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the study of international security. The goal is to provide students with a solid theoretical and conceptual foundation for understanding the causes, nature, and consequences of key issues related to international war and peace. It is important not only to understand what scholars have learned about the big theoretical and empirical questions of the past but also to gain a toolkit that will allow students to approach solve contemporary and future issues.

The course introduces influential theories of international security. While these perspectives derive mainly from the study of traditional interstate wars, the course applies these frameworks both to explain and analyze a variety of internal conflicts that have intensified since the end of the Cold War and to gage emerging non-traditional security issues as well.