Jun 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

PLSC 404: Causes of War


(1 Unit)
Prerequisites: PLSC 100  and one of either PLSC 102  or PLSC 103 .
Student must be a political science major or minor with junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor. Explores the central issues regarding the use of military force in international politics. Why do states turn to military force and for what purposes? What are the causes of war? What renders the threat to use force credible? Can intervention into intra-state wars stall bloodshed and bring stability? How can states cope with new challenges posed by asymmetrical warfare and the threats of would-be terrorists? What are the rules and laws of war? How do states diminish the threat of war? Part I examines the causes of inter-state war and the strategies states employ to diminish the threat of war and handle its effects; Part II, the growing trend of intra-state conflict; Part III, the global governance of war, specifically the institutions, rules and norms associated with war-fighting and conflict prevention; Part IV, other forms of political violence including asymmetrical warfare, rebel insurgencies and terrorism. Grossman, Walling.