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Grove City College
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Pol 301 - Issues in International Relations
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1 POLS 301 Global Issues Fall 2009 Globalization International Dynamics and International Security TTh 1 2 15 HAL 214 Dr Samuel S Stanton Jr Office HAL 303E Office Phone 724 458 3854 Office Hours MWF 9 11am TTh 2 30 30 pm Email ssstanton gcc edu http www2 gcc edu dept pols faculty stanton Y et attempts to eliminate war however nobly inspired and assiduously pursued have brought little more than fleeting moments of peace among states Kenneth Waltz And He said to them When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals you did not lack anything did you They said no nothing And He said to them But now whoever has a money belt is to take it along likewise also a bag and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one Luke 22 35 36 Overview The world is a dangerous place even within the somewhat safe borders of the United States we find ourselves engaged in the pursuit of understanding what makes states and groups insecure and thus why states and groups feel that as their security is threatened the only option is war But is war the only option This course focuses on three aspects of understanding global issues in relations to international security First the academic interest of political science requires us to understand frameworks through which relations can be understood so we will look theoretically at how man shapes conflict how state internal structures shape conflict and how the structures of the international system shape conflict The second focus of the course is on globalization s impact on international conflict How does the growth of interdependence change state behavior Do different forms of globalization cause greater conflict What does the struggle for primacy look like in the current globalized world Finally we will look at conflict and issues of national and international security directly Are there some conflicts that are irresolvable What about sovereignty in a globalized world Does democratic peace work What does asymmetric conflict look



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