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Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2014



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Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the study of international conflict and 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. The first part of this course introduces some most influential theories of international security. Topics covered include bipolar stability, hegemonic war theory, liberal theories of international peace, balance of power, security dilemma, offense/defense theory, alliance politics, and deterrence theory. The second part applies these theories to explain and analyze conflicts in contemporary international relations. These conflicts range from interstate conflict in traditional sense to a variety of internal conflicts that have intensified since the end of the Cold War, and to emerging human security issues.