Fall 2008

Seminar on War and Peace

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-79


Ronald S. Tiersky (Section 01)


(IR, PT) A conceptual and theoretical study of war and peace. Neither a history of war nor a policy study of wars and crises today, the seminar considers a variety of cases across time and space to examine the causes and consequences of war and the possibilities of peace. Readings range from classical sources to contemporary debates, including Euripides, Quintus Curtius Rufus, Kant, Clausewitz, Sun Tsu, Margaret Mead, Gandhi; K. Waltz, Michael Walzer, and the Geneva Conventions. Students should have some relevant background in the study of international relations, moral aspects of political life and/or international law. This course fulfills the requirement for an advanced seminar in Political Science. Requisite: Some background in international relations study; in morality, law and politics; and/or international law. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Tiersky.