PSCI 0405

Causes of War

War remains humankind’s most virulent and deadly social disease. In this seminar we will examine what we know about war's causes, and what might be done about its prevention. We will view the problem of war from several perspectives, including the perceptions and beliefs of national leaders, the attributes of states, the relationships and interactions of rival states, the international political environment, and terrorist networks. We will examine the writings of participants and theorists, as well as contemporary social science research. Each student will complete a case study of the origins of a specific international or civil war, or prepare the research design for an empirical study. (PSCI 0311 or by waiver; open to INTL and PSCI majors, others by approval) 3 hrs. sem. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
Political Science
Political Science
Social Sciences
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Spring 2012

PSCI0405A-S12 Lecture (Leng)

Spring 2010

PSCI0405A-S10 Seminar (Leng)

Spring 2008

PSCI0405A-S08 Seminar (Leng)

Spring 2007

PSCI0405A-S07 Seminar

Spring 2006

PSCI0405A-S06 Seminar (Leng)