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CS92PROD
Decision Making and International Security


GOVT 316
Spring 2007 not offered
Certificates: International Relations
Course Cluster: Southern Asia Studies

In this analysis of responses to threats to security in international and domestic politics, the focus is on decisions to use military force or to respond to the use of force, often in crisis situations. The course employs a case approach that involves intensive class discussion. We will discuss psychological factors (e.g., the role of misperceptions, belief systems, or cognitive structures) in decision making, the effects of historical analogies, the impact of domestic politics (or internal interests) and of the international system, and, in general, the adequacy of rational-actor models. This course, however, differs from conventional approaches to foreign policy decision making by including nongovernmental actors, integrating domestic and foreign policy issues, and extending the scope of the analysis to governments other than the American.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: GOVT155 OR GOVT311 OR GOVT388 OR GOVT330
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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