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Peace, War, and Defense

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First Session, 2021

PWAD 101 Making Public Policy (PLCY 101) (3) ***Cancelled***

MAYMESTER. Overview of the policy-making process and of major public policy issues. Study of policy and political challenges in areas such as economic and tax policy, the social safety net, income support and the minimum wage, health care, education, environment and energy, foreign policy and national security, and homeland security. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

PWAD 134 Modern East Asia (ASIA 134) (HIST 134) (3)

ONLINE. Comparative and interdisciplinary introduction to China and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on impact of the West, nation building, industrialization, and evolution of mass society.

PWAD 220 The Politics of Public Policy (PLCY 220) (3)

Examines approaches to American politics and public policy and analyzes why government responds to problems in predictable ways. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

PWAD 245 The United States and the Cold War: Origins, Development, Legacy (HIST 245) (3)

MAYMESTER. This is both a wide-ranging and detailed course that looks at the origins, the evolution, and the termination of the Cold War from 1945 to 1989/90. It also considers the “New Cold War” with Russia that developed in 2014. The course is based on an international and multinational perspective. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

PWAD 250 Introduction in Peace and Security Studies (3)

MAYMESTER. In this course, we will examine global security challenges such as international wars, internal wars, non-state violence, economic disputes, financial crises, and problems of coordination and cooperation. We will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on lessons from political science, economics, history, sociology, and anthropology. We will begin by examining problems of international security, such as interstate crises and war, and develop an understanding of the bureaucracies tasked with managing these issues. In the second section of the course, we will first examine conflict associated with non-state actors, and will then discuss non-traditional security issues, such as financial crises and problems of common pooled resources. Throughout, we will use scientific research and historical analyses to gain a better grasp on the dynamics of security problems in the international system. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

PWAD 272 The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (POLI 272) (PHIL 272) (3)

ONLINE. An analysis of ethical issues that arise in peace, war, and defense, e.g., the legitimacy of states, just war theory, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

PWAD 277 The Conflict over Israel/Palestine (ASIA 277) (HIST 277) (3)

Explores the conflict over Palestine during the last 100 years. Surveys the development of competing nationalisms, the contest for resources and political control that led to the partition of the region, the war that established a Jewish state, and the subsequent struggles between conflicting groups for land and independence. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

PWAD 287 Strategy and International Relations (POLI 287) (3)

MAYMESTER. This course explores how we can use game theory to analyze strategic decision making in international relations. Why is it often hard for countries to cooperate? How can leaders make credible threats and promises to achieve their goals in international politics? When will bargaining break down and lead to war? To answer questions like these, we will first learn how to create and solve game theoretic models. We will then see how these models can be used to gain insights into different strategic situations in international relations. During the course, students will have an opportunity to develop their own game theoretic model to explain an event in international relations. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS

PWAD 330 Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management (PLCY 330) (3)

MAYMESTER. This course aims to provide students with the tools necessary to most effectively engage in interpersonal conflicts. The course will also redefine the meanings of “winning” and “power” and provide students with methods to cope with stress, discomfort, and emotions when in conflict. Students will learn new negotiation and mediation skills, build upon existing ones, and challenge assumptions regarding conflict. While some theory is covered, the main focus is experiential learning through role-plays. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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PWAD 364 Post-Conflict and Peacebuilding (3) ***Cancelled***

MAYMESTER. This is a discussion-based course that focuses on how to rebuild a country that has experienced gross abuses of human rights and violations of international law. Students examine several case studies throughout history and use that context to prepare a report on a present-day country that could benefit from a transformation from an authoritarian to a democratic form of government. At the end of the course, they present their transitional justice plan. This is a valuable and exciting opportunity for our students who are interested in peacebuilding strategies, international affairs, global justice, and the politicization of these processes. By taking this course, students will become more aware of the world they will one day lead and contribute to as socially responsible global citizens. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

PWAD 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music (JWST 425)(ASIA 425)(3) ***Cancelled***

MAYMESTER. Focuses on the various collaborations, exchanges, and mutual enrichment between Israelis and Palestinians in the realm of culture, particularly literature and cinema. These connections include language (Israeli Jewish authors writing in Arabic and Palestinian writers who choose Hebrew as their language of expression), collaborating in filmmaking, and joint educational initiatives. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

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Second Session, 2021

PWAD 150 International Relations and Global Politics (POLI 150) (3)

An introduction to the study of political and economic relations in the international system. Topics covered include international conflict, trade, global finance, international institutions, civil war, and human rights. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.

PWAD 272 The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (POLI 272) (PHIL 272) (3)

ONLINE. An analysis of ethical issues that arise in peace, war, and defense, e.g., the legitimacy of states, just war theory, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction.