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Peace, War, and Defense

401 Hamilton Hall, CB# 3200
(919) 962-3093

First Session, 2020

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

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.

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

MAYMESTER.  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.

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.

PWAD 235 ASIA 235 Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity (ASIA 235) (JWST 235) (3)

MAYMESTER. The course explores major periods and trends in Israeli cinema. Focus is given to issues pertaining to gender, ethnicity, and the construction of national identity.

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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.

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

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.

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.

PWAD 330 Conflict Management: Negotiation and Mediation (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 and engagement with professionals in the field. It is well suited for students who plan to work for NGOs, government agencies, international organizations, or in any field that requires skills in conflict management. Expect to end the semester with a level of negotiation and mediation readiness that will serve you well in both personal and professional life.

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Second Session, 2020

PWAD 262 History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews (HIST 262, JWST 262) (3)

Anti-Semitism; the Jews of Europe; the Hitler dictatorship; evolution of Nazi Jewish policy from persecution to the Final Solution; Jewish response; collaborators, bystanders, and rescuers; aftermath.

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

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.