War & Peace: New Thinking

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/18
Credits: 3

Course Description

Whatever the focus of your professional career, one issue that ought to be of considerable interest to all citizens is the avoidance of war. This interdisciplinary seminar will explore some of the latest thinking about the causes of international armed conflict and the ways in which future wars might be avoided and peace preserved. This seminar builds upon work they began more than a decade ago as, respectively, the first Chairman of the Board and President of the congressionally-established U.S. Institute of Peace. Recent studies by Yale Professors Donald Kagan (History) and Bruce Russett (Political Science), and by University of Hawaii Political Science Professor Rudy Rummel, will be examined, along with a number of traditional intellectual approaches ranging from international law, arms control, and world federalism, to deterrence theory. This seminar will also explore the newest theory of international relations – “incentive theory” – as developed by Professor Moore in “Solving the War Puzzle.” Case studies of past wars will be examined to test competing theories. Prominent guest lecturers will also take part. Students will be expected to take an active part in discussion.

Course Requirements

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Prerequisites: National Security Law or International Law recommended, but not required Concurrencies: None
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Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
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Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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