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PSC 342, Winter 2008 1 Political Science 342 Winter, 2009 Arms, Security and War Patrick Callahan Office and Hours: 990 W. Fullerton Bldg., Room 2110 TTh 10:30-11:30; other times by appointment Phone numbers: (773) 325-7338 (office); (630) 264-0773 (home) Email: pcallaha@depaul.edu Overview: This course examines the military component of world politics, with special emphasis on theories of the causes of war and justice and war. The first part of the course (roughly six weeks) will examine various theories of the causes of war, using the collection of excerpts in Conflict After the Cold War , edited by Richard K. Betts. The second part of the course looks at the question of the role of morality in warfare, using the classic book Just and Unjust Wars , by Michael Walzer. Texts: Richard Betts, Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace. 3 rd edition (Pearson, 2008) Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars. 4 th edition (Basic, 1977) Note that each of these books has been published in several editions. If you purchase the books through channels other than the bookstore or if you borrow the book from a library, be sure to get the right edition. I also recommend that you purchase and read (and use) a copy of The Elements of Style , by Willard Strunk and E.B. White. Its first two chapters are especially valuable for improvement of writing mechanics. My expectations of you: o To attend class regularly. o To be on time for class (habitual tardiness reveals a lack of respect for the instructor and the rest of the class, a disinterest in the class, or a lack of self- discipline). o To be prepared to discuss each assigned reading, which means (1) reading it carefully enough to have identified its basic argument, (2) formulating questions, and (3) revi ewing notes before class so that one’s memory of the materials is fresh. o To take care of personal needs before class begins (leaving the room while class is meeting is rude and distracting and should happen, if at all, only under severe and exceptional circumstances). o To turn off your cell phones or other disruptive gadgets. o To pay attention in class. o To participate actively in discussion. o To respect the other students in the class, which means, among other things,
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PSC 342, Winter 2008 2 paying attention to the points they make and taking their ideas seriously enough to argue against, rather than simply dismiss, those with which you disagree. o To critically consider the ideas presented in the readings, the lectures, and the discussions. Critical consideration means identifying their strengths or valuable insights as well as their weaknesses. o
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