PS324 - The Causes of War 01:790:324:01 COURSE AND CONTACT INFORMATION Instructor Meeting time and days Meeting location Office hours Office hours

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The Causes of War 01:790:324:01 COURSE AND CONTACT INFORMATION Instructor Dr. David Bell Mislan Meeting time and days Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:10 to 2:30 p.m. Meeting location Murray Hall 212, College Ave. Campus Office hours Mondays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Office hours location On College Avenue Campus, location TBD E-mail address [email protected] *please write COW in the subject line* Office phone number 732-932-9358 Office 311 Hickman Hall, Douglass Campus COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES For two-thousand years, scholars have sought to answer a particularly puzzling question: What causes war? The topic of war is a far-reaching and implicates how we understand individual and collective behavior among many dimensions of our lives. There are few questions that are more intellectually pressing and have more of an impact on our daily welfare. Since the onset of modern political science in the 1950s, international relations researchers have worked systematically towards the goal of understanding the causes of war. This course introduces you to the social scientific approach to the study of organized political violence. The bulk of our work will focus on the interstate war phenomenon, although the latter portion of the course will discuss other forms of violent conflict: civil war, ethnic conflict, operations other than war (OOTW), and asymmetric war. At the conclusion of this course, the successful student will be able to: 1. Identify and describe major theories of international relations and their application to the particular problem of interstate war; 2. Apply theories and models to construct original explanations of war 3. Discuss a select set of wars and hypothesize their origins 4. Read, interpret, and criticize political scientific theories of conflict 5. Continue to improve his or her written and spoken communication skills
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENT This course is case-oriented; it requires the successful student to read before class, participate in group activities, and to complete small assignments each week. A failure to do so will jeopardize any student’s ability to learn the material and to earn a satisfactory
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PS324 - The Causes of War 01:790:324:01 COURSE AND CONTACT INFORMATION Instructor Meeting time and days Meeting location Office hours Office hours

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