Fall 2018  |  PA 5890 Section 002: Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs -- Political Violence, Conflict, and War (32348)

Class Component:
3 Credits (5 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/04/2018 - 12/12/2018
Mon 05:30PM - 08:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (7 of 16 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course examines the causes, dynamics, and resolution of interstate and civil wars. The first section of the course will examine competing arguments regarding the causes of political violence and war, looking at how economic and political grievances may motivate violence; why political leaders may sometimes encourage violence; and what role ethnicity, national identity, and a sense of insecurity play in the initiation of conflict. The second section of the course will look at how wars are fought, with discussions of guerrilla warfare, counterinsurgency strategies, and terrorism. In the third part of the course, focusing on the resolution of conflicts, topics will include international intervention and peacekeeping; negotiated political settlements such as power-sharing and partition; and post-conflict justice strategies such as domestic and international trials and truth commissions. Throughout the course, we will consider a number of different cases of conflict - for example, wars in Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, and Uganda.
25%: Class participation, including posting of weekly discussion questions online and contributions to in-class discussions

15%: Group presentation

20%: Op-ed piece

40%: Final paper

Class Format:
This course is primarily a discussion-based seminar. In general, the first class meeting each week will involve a focused discussion of a particular question related to the study of conflict -- for example, how do armed groups recruit individuals to participate in violent rebellion? The second class meeting each week will examine this question in greater detail through one or two case studies of contemporary conflicts, incorporating student presentations as well as small-group exercises.
Approximately 75-100 pages of reading per week; posting of weekly discussion questions online; group presentation; two writing assignments -- one brief op-ed piece due mid-semester and one longer paper (approximately 15 pages) due at the end of the semester.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 July 2017

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