Mar 30, 2020  
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts 
    
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts
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PSCI 247 - International Security

4 credits
International Security is one of the main subfields of International Relations. In this course, we will use the main theories of international relations to understand historical and current debates in this field of study. We will examine traditional security issues such as balance-of-power politics, alliance formation, the significance of weapons of mass destruction, the validity of the democratic peace thesis, the link between economic interdependence and war, and the role of intergovernmental organizations in managing interstate competition. We will also explore how new security concerns (i.e. civil wars, humanitarian crises, terrorism, insurgencies, and environmental degradation) have challenged  mainstream theories of international relations and forced scholars to adapt these constructs or develop new ones to make sense of contemporary debates in this field of study. Offered: every Spring term.



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