Political Science | War & International Conflict
Y375 | 3425 | Rasler
This course examines the causes of international war, as well as
civil war, revolution, ethnic strife and foreign military intervention. We
will look at a variety of theoretical approaches from the micro level (e.g.,
the role of perception, rational choice decisions of individuals), the
national level (e.g., the long-term decline of world powers). We will also
look at some case studies such as the Persian Gulf War (1991), the 1967 and
1973 Middle East wars and the Balkan war in the 1990s. The purpose is to
use theory to inform our understanding of these cases.
Course requirements will include two quizzes, a midterm and a final
exam. Additional writing assignments will depend on the size of the class.