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Understanding Civil Wars: Internal Conflicts and International Responses

GOVT 315
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations

For the better part of the 20th century, international security scholars and practitioners focused on the causes and consequences of war and peace between countries, particularly the prospects for conflict among the great powers. Nevertheless, since 1945 the vast majority of conflicts have been within countries rather than between them. This course surveys competing theories about the causes, conduct, and conclusion of the dominant brand of conflict in the world today and examines how the international community deals with these (enduring and often seemingly intractable) conflicts. Topics examined include conflict prevention, conflict mediation, military intervention, peace implementation, peacekeeping and peace enforcement, and refugee crisis management. The course combines theories from international relations and conflict resolution with case studies of recent and ongoing conflicts.

Essential Capabilities: Logical Reasoning, Writing
The course encourages students to think analytically by using different theoretical approaches to explain civil wars. The course is writing-intensive, emphasizing the ability to convey an analytic argument clearly and persuasively.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: GOVT388 OR GOVT155
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Intl.)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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