Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2012



Course Number

DIPL 6131 AA

Course Description

What causes war? What do we need to know to prevent war if possible, and prepare for it when necessary? The mission of this course is to use historical and contemporary cases to formulate/test theories on causes of war, as well as to make policy prescriptions.

This course first systematically examines major schools of thoughts on the origins and prevention of war, including system-level theories of war and peace, domestic and societal sources of conflict, military policy, and ideational and psychological causes of war. The second part of this course applies these theoretical approaches to a series of classic cases of war and conflict in world politics