Fall 2023 - IS 409 E100
Special Topics I (4)
Class Number: 4454
Delivery Method: In Person
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This course examines debates about the use of political violence, with a particular focus on military force. It explores the following questions: For what purposes and under what conditions (if any) is the use of political violence and military force justifiable? When and how should those who enact political violence be held accountable?
We will explore a range of contending perspectives, from realism and just war theory to various forms of pacifism and other critical perspectives. We will bring these perspectives to bear on a range of contemporary challenges related to the use of political violence and military force. And we will examine specific cases of conflict and war, as well as specific efforts to oppose to such violence.
- Annotated Bibliography & Essay Outline 15%
- Essay 30%
- Group Project & Presentation 30%
- In-class assignments 10%
- Participation 15%
Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars, 5th edition (Basic Books, 2015).
Neta Crawford, Accountability for Killing (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Other assigned readings will be available electronically via Canvas or online.
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