UMD GVPT 309A - Syllabus (5 pages)

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University of Maryland, College Park
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Gvpt 309a - Topics in International Relations:Arms Control and International Politics

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GVPT 309A Dr Lois Testa Vietri Fall 2008 THE POLITICS OF WAR FROM VIETNAM TO IRAQ Email lvietri umd edu office 3140 Tydings office telephone 301 405 4152 mobile 609 675 5998 office hours Monday 3 5pm Tuesday 5 6pm and also by appointment OVERVIEW OF THE SEMINAR This new course offering explores Americas wars since 1945 with prime emphasis on its two most controversial wars The Vietnam Wars 1945 1975 and the Iraq War 2003 We examine these two wars and others in terms of the following politics the international and regional political contexts presidents and their advisory systems national security politics presidential congressional politics homefront the politics of humanitarian intervention and military media politics The approach is comparative in nature examining the similarities and differences between the two defining wars of the twentieth and twenty first centuries and the characteristics of post cold war Wars The course design is multidisciplinary in nature features multimedia and guest speakers and requires extensive critical reading and writing of each learning community member Special attention will be paid to the role of war in electoral politics GRADING AND ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS The course will be challenging and demanding but will be rewarding if you are committed There will be substantial reading writing and in class and outside classroom viewing assignment It is imperative that you attend each weekly seminar in its entirety since the nature of the course is cumulative and the class meets only once per week If you plan to miss class it is expected that you give advance notice Grading will be based on a 1100 point system with choice and extra credit built into the grading system Course grades are calculated on the basis of 1000 points 200 points midterm 300 points final study guide will be provided 300 points 6 reaction papers length varies from 2 5 pages 200 points attendance and participation Course grades are calculated as follows 900 1000 A 800 899



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