Decision Making and International Security|
Spring 2008 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
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.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: GOVT155 OR GOVT311 OR GOVT388 OR GOVT330
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Yuen Khong, ANALOGIES AT WAR
Allen S. Whiting, CHINA CROSSES THE YALU
Jack Snyder, THE IDEOLOGY OF THE OFFENSIVE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class participation, several papers, final take-home exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who have not taken the prerequisites may speak to the instructor about an override.
"Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add should add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor I will consider in making Drop/Add period registration decisions."
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 0||1st Ranked: 0||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|