PSC 342, Winter 2008
Political Science 342
Arms, Security and War
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)
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
Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and
edition (Pearson, 2008)
Just and Unjust Wars.
edition (Basic, 1977)
Note that each of these books has been published in several editions.
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
, by Willard Strunk and E.B. White.
Its first two chapters are especially
valuable for improvement of writing mechanics.
My expectations of you:
To attend class regularly.
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-
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.
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).
To turn off your cell phones or other disruptive gadgets.
To pay attention in class.
To participate actively in discussion.
To respect the other students in the class, which means, among other things,