Spring 2010

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. The course is not a history of war or a policy study of wars 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.  This course fulfills the requirement for an advanced seminar in Political Science.

Requisite: Students should have some relevant background in the study of international relations, moral aspects of political life and/or international law.  Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Tiersky.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011