This course will provide basic conceptual tools to help you understand some of the major problems in world politics in recent decades and consider possible solutions to those problems. The primary focus will be on the causes of conflict and war; the advantages and disadvantages of and alternatives to force for achieving foreign policy goals; and ways of preventing or reducing the likelihood, severity and duration of war.
In our courses, you’ll learn about many dimensions of political life. Our majors are flexible, offering a wide variety of courses for you to pursue. You can explore topics from voting and political psychology to racial and ethnic politics; from wars and revolutions to the politics of Europe and the Middle East; from constitutional law to the politics of food.