PSC/IR 279 War and the Nation State

Political Science Field: International Relations
International Relations Track: Global Security (A)
Typically offered every 2-3 years

Philip Arena
Spring 2015 — MWF 10:25-11:15

This course consists of two parts. First, we will discuss the puzzle of war and assess various policies states have adopted to make themselves and the international system more secure. Second, we will discuss organized violence within states and governmental responses thereto. Game-theoretic and statistical models will appear throughout the course, but no prior background in either is assumed or required.

Hein Goemans
Fall 2013 — TR 11:05-12:20

Course Syllabus

This course examines the development of warfare and the growth of the state from the French Revolution to the end of the Second World War. We examine the phenomenon of war in its broader socio-economic context, focusing on nationalism, bureaucratization, industrialization and democratization. We will go into some detail on the two major conflicts of the twentieth century, the First and Second World Wars. Students are required to do all the reading. Every student will make a presentation in class on the readings for one class (25% of the grade), and there will be one comprehensive final (75%).

Hein Goemans
Spring 2012 ("W" Optional) — W 15:25-18:05

This course examines the development of warfare and the growth of the state from the French Revolution to the end of the Second World War. We examine the phenomenon of war in its broader socio-economic context, focusing on nationalism, bureaucratization, industrialization and democratization. We will go into some detail on the two major conflicts of the twentieth century, the First and Second World Wars. Students are required to do all the reading. Every student will make a presentation in class on the readings for one class (25% of the grade), and there will be one comprehensive final (75%).

Hein Goemans
Fall 2010 ("W" Optional) — R 16:50-19:30

Course Syllabus

This course examines the development of warfare and the growth of the state from the French Revolution to the end of the Second World War. We examine the phenomenon of war in its broader socio-economic context, focusing on nationalism, bureaucratization, industrialization and democratization. We will go into some detail on the two major conflicts of the twentieth century, the First and Second World Wars. Students are required to do all the reading. Every student will make a presentation in class on the readings for one class (25% of the grade), and there will be one comprehensive final (75%).

Hein Goemans
Fall 2009 — R 16:50-19:30

Course Syllabus

This course examines the development of warfare and the growth of the state from the French Revolution to the end of the Second World War. We examine the phenomenon of war in its broader socio-economic context, focusing on nationalism, bureaucratization, industrialization and democratization. We will go into some detail on the two major conflicts of the twentieth century, the First and Second World Wars. Students are required to do all the reading. Every student will make a presentation in class on the readings for one class (25% of the grade), and there will be one comprehensive final (75%).