Spring 2022 - POL 348 D100
Theories of War, Peace and Conflict Resolution (4)
Class Number: 5105
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2507, Burnaby
1 778 782-3086
Prerequisites:POL 141 and three lower division units in political science or permission of the department.
Examines the origins and causes of several major conflicts during the last century. This course reviews various theories on the causes of conflict and war in the international system. It also examines the techniques of preventive diplomacy, peacekeeping, crisis management and coercive diplomacy as they have been used to try to forestall open warfare and maximize the opportunities for peaceful change and the negotiated resolution of international disputes. Both documentary and feature films will be used to illustrate many types of conflict and warfare in the international system. Course simulations, when employed, will concentrate on the problems and risks that are involved in international efforts to contain and reverse the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Why do wars occur? How can we maintain peace? Are we destined for another big war among competing great powers? These are fundamental and perennial questions in world politics, and many thinkers have wrestled with them. This course provides an overview of these theories, as well as common ways of scholarly inquiry, with which all students of international security should be familiar. Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have acquired the foundational knowledge for further academic training in international security affairs.
3 hours per week. Tuesday 2:30pm-5:20pm
- Participation (attendance and weekly journals) 25%
- In-class mid-term exam 35%
- Final examination 40%
Richard K. Betts, ed., Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace. 5th ed. (Routledge, NY: 2017) [paperback and electronic]. ISBN 978-1-138-29069-3. 3rd and 4th editions are also acceptable.
In addition, journal articles will be assigned.
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