Fall 2021 - POL 348 D100
Theories of War, Peace and Conflict Resolution (4)
Class Number: 4258
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
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.
In this course we will learn about theories of war, peace and conflict resolution through a broad exploration of the field of nation-building and war since the end of the Cold War.
Most contemporary wars are internal wars (e.g., civil wars, ethnic conflicts) that frequently involve a third-party (e.g., United Nations, NATO, EU) which brings about the end to conflict, imposes peacebuilding, and engages in nation(state)-building to bring about conflict resolution through changing the structural conditions that precipitated the conflict in the first place.
This course will examine the most frequent causes of war (since 1990) and the processes that produce new states or reconstruct existing ones under the auspices of the international community in regions as different as Africa, Asia, and Europe. The course is organized around three modules and seeks to address several major questions: (1) Stimuli (Causes) – What leads nations to engage in nation-building abroad? Why spend money, blood, and prestige? (2) Action – What does international community do to promote nation-building? Military intervention? State-Building? Political processes? and (3) Consequences – What does success look like? A new country that is a democracy? Economically wealthy? Peaceful but under authoritarian rule? Every stage of nation-building involves humanitarian, security, economic and ethical dilemmas. We will identify, analyze, and discuss such dilemmas with respect to what they mean for the country that is being built, peacebuilding, and what it implies for the nation-builders.
- Policy Memo 20%
- Mid-term Exam 20%
- Final Exam 30%
- Discussions 20%
- Short Writing Assignments 10%
Various book chapters and policy papers will be uploaded to Canvas or placed in library reserve.
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