Spring 2020 - POL 141 D100

War, International Cooperation and Development (3)

Class Number: 5200

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SSCC 9000, Burnaby

    We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby



Explores causes and consequences of international political conflict, including war, terrorism, protectionism, nationalism, economic disparity, migration, and humanitarian crises. Evaluates how states and non-state actors navigate and influence these conflicts and the role of international law, diplomacy, and organizational cooperation. Analyzes worldviews on war, peace, human rights, and world order. Students who have taken POL 241 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Course Description:  

What are the causes of war, violence, and conflict? Why do states engage in war or cooperate to prevent, manage, and resolve disputes? This course introduces students to the study of international politics by exploring the relationship between war, violence, order, and disorder in world politics. Part I engages the question of “what is war” and “how it should be studied” using the mainstream theories of international relations like realism, liberalism, social constructivism, and critical theory. Part II examines the role of international organizations, NGOs, and Global Civil Society Organizations in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction in societies affected by war. Part III discusses the consequences of war, violence, and conflict on human security in post-conflict societies. We will draw on specific cases of war and conflict in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe to illustrate key terms, concepts, and related debates on the topic.

Course Schedule:

There will be two 1-hour lectures each week and 1-hour tutorials. Tutorials start in week 2.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Mid-Term Exam 20%
  • Research Paper 25%
  • Final Exam 30%



Baylis, J., Owens, P., & Smith, S. (Eds.). (2017). The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-19-873985-2

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see http://www.sfu.ca/politics/undergraduate/program/related_links.html and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html