Daxecker437 - POLS 437 American Security Policy Fall 2008...

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1 POLS 437 American Security Policy MWF 2:00-2:50pm Fall 2008 Shep 120 Instructor: Dr. Ursula Daxecker Email: [email protected] Office: Clark C 366 A Office Hours: M 10-11, W 10-12 Phone: 491-6424 COURSE DESCRIPTION In this course, we will analyze the fundamentals of U.S. Security Policy and International Security more broadly defined. In the first section of the course, we will evaluate the history of U.S. security policies since WWII. In the second part of the course, we will study security issues from a more global perspective. After defining security, conflict and war, we will examine the causes of war and identify solutions that have been offered to prevent or limit war. The final section of the course addresses new threats to international and U.S. security. We will study the causes of civil and ethnic conflicts and discuss possible solutions, analyze the practice of humanitarian intervention, and investigate the threats posed by transnational terrorist groups. COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify key developments in U.S. Security Policy since WWII. Students should also be familiar with the factors that mitigate or exacerbate security conflicts between or within states and understand the nature of more recent security threats. Students should have sufficient knowledge of historical developments in U.S. Security Policy and patterns in International Security to compose coherent written arguments about security affairs. More specifically, students should be able to critically evaluate specific security policies and apply theoretical concepts on international security to real-world scenarios. Central to the above objectives is recognition of the idea that as political scientists we are interested in identifying and responding to positive questions (which address how and why events occurred) rather than normative questions (which address what should be done). This is to say that we will, throughout, prioritize the maintenance of objectivity in our assessment of particular U.S. and international security issues. READINGS We will use the following two books, available in the book store: Betts, Richard K. 2008. Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on the Causes of War and Peace . New York, NY: Pearson Longman. 3 rd edition. Nye, Joseph S. Jr. 2007. Understanding International Conflicts. An Introduction to Theory and History . New York, NY: Pearson Longman.6 th edition. Additional readings are available on RamCT. You are strongly encouraged to read a newspaper with international coverage such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal , or the Washington Post . As an alternative, students are advised to visit www.cnn.com or www.bbc.co.uk to receive up-to-date news on international affairs.
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2 COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING Reading Completion of the reading assignments in advance of class is crucial for the completion of this course. If necessary, I will hold pop-quizzes at the beginning of class. Quizzes will center on the readings assigned
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