Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2013



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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. It is important to not only understand what scholars have learned about the big theoretical and empirical questions of the past but also to gain a toolkit that will allow us to approach solve contemporary and future issues.

The first part of this course introduces some most influential theories of international security. While these theories are mainly derived from the study of interstate wars in traditional sense, the second part applies these theories to explain and analyze a variety of internal conflicts that have intensified since the end of the Cold War, as well as emerging non-traditional security issues.

This course aims at meeting the following student learning outcomes for the M.A. program:

• To gain knowledge and understanding of 1) the key concepts, models, theories, and debates involved in the study of contemporary international relations and diplomacy; 2) the prevailing global issues, such as international conflict, global health, and environmental challenges.

• To develop skills of 1) analyzing complex situations and synthesizing information; 2) communicating effectively in oral and written form.