CICS 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Section: 002 Causes and Consequences of War
Term: WN 2009
Subject: International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
Department: LSA II: International Institute
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
5
Enforced Prerequisites:
Junior standing or above.
Other Course Info:
CICS 401 can be counted only once for credit toward the Academic Minor in International Studies.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This undergraduate seminar begins by examining explanations of violence rooted in evolutionary psychology and assessed against the anthropological record of hunter-gatherer societies. We will also discuss the limitations of human nature as an explanation of war. The course will then shift to bargaining explanations for the outbreak of war using recent articles in political science. After considering the abstract argument, the seminar will examine the cases of the two World Wars to show how bargaining explanations can be used to understand specific events. Additionally, the World Wars are important as two of the major events of the 20th century that shaped our world today.

The course turns to cover the consequences of war during and then after the fighting. The mobilization of military force and its consequences for society will be covered first. Politics during wartime will be analyzed both in general and also through the case of the United States during the Vietnam War. The course will analyze when and why states limit their use of violence during wartime. The course ends by examining the consequences of war afterwards, both for the internal politics of states and for the populations involved. War has consequences both for the international system by changing power and control from the losers to the winners and for the populations of the states in question. Among the arguments the seminar will consider here is how military competition led to the consolidation of political power in the hands of the state.

CICS 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
24255
Closed
0
3LSA International Studies Min
-
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
28951
Closed
0
8LSA International Studies Min
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0199236631
War in human civilization, Author: Azar Gat., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0029035910
The causes of war, Author: Geoffrey Blainey., Publisher: Free Press 3rd ed., 1 1988
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0465081851
Cataclysm : the First World War as political tragedy, Author: David Stevenson., Publisher: Basic Books 2005
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780140285307
The road to war, Author: Overy, Richard J., Publisher: Penguin Books 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780684827971
The world within war : America's combat experience in World War II, Author: Linderman, Gerald F., Publisher: Free Press 1997
Required
ISBN: 9780300070620
The laws of war : constraints on warfare in the Western world, Publisher: Yale University Press 1997
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0140265473
Vietnam, a history, Author: Stanley Karnow., Publisher: Penguin Books 2nd rev. a 1997
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780072417555
America's longest war : the United States and Vietnam, 1950 - 1975, Author: Herring, George C., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 2002
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0385721382
The shield of Achilles : war, peace, and the course of history, Author: Philip Bobbitt., Publisher: Anchor Books 1. ed. 2003
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781400075393
Cobra II : the inside story of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, Author: Michael R. Gordon and Bernard, Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2007
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0374530556
The assassins' gate : America in Iraq, Author: George Packer., Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1st paperb 2006
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780143038917
Fiasco : the American military adventure in Iraq, Author: Thomas E. Ricks., Publisher: Penguin Books 2007
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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