POLSCI 368 - Modern Warfare
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
No credit given to students who took this as a topics course under POLSCI 389 topic ID #79.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers an introduction to the study of war in the modern world.

Substantively, this course focuses on some of the central concepts in social science: conflict, violence, state and non-state actors. Methodologically, it employs multiple social scientific approaches, both in its readings and assignments: the analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data on social action.

The lectures and readings are organized into three modules: (1) why wars begin, (2) how wars are fought, and (3) how wars end. In the first module, we will cover major theories of war from international relations, and use them to explain the outbreak of a number of major international and civil conflicts. In the second module, we examine why some states are better at fighting wars than others, and explore the basics of military strategy in land, air and naval warfare, as well as counterinsurgency. The third module will turn our focus to conflict resolution, particularly the role of military intervention, peacekeeping, and negotiation. Cases considered in this course include World War I, World War II, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a variety of contemporary civil and interstate wars.

This course was previously offered as a topics course under POLSCI 389: Modern Warfare and may NOT be repeated for credit. If you already completed POLSCI 389: Modern Warfare, then you should not enroll in this course as it will not count for credit.

This course is in the World Politics subfield.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on an in-class midterm (20\%), final exam (30\%), term paper (30\%), lecture attendance and participation in section (20\%).

Intended Audience:

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Primary intended audience is political science majors specializing in World Politics. Subject matter may also be of interest to ROTC cadets, and students concentrating in history, economics, sociology, international studies and other social sciences.

Class Format:

Two 1.5-hour meetings, plus 1 discussion section per week.

POLSCI 368 - Modern Warfare
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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