POL S 349 A: Strategy And War

Meeting Time: 
MW 11:30am - 12:50pm
SMI 205
Jonathan Mercer

Syllabus Description:

Strategy and War

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Lecture outlines, here

Assigned readings, here

Reading questions, here


Professor Jonathan Mercer                                                     Pol Sci 349, Winter 2018

Gowen 135, mercer@uw.edu                                                 M,W 11:30-12:50

Office hours: TBD                                                                   Room: Smith 205 

Teaching  Assistants: TBD


Strategy is when my best move depends on your move. It is central to the study of international security. The course will familiarize students with deterrence theory and other theoretical approaches to the study of international conflict, as well as provide background in a few substantive areas of international security. Course topics include: an assessment of strategy and rationality; the influence that material and ideational structures have on behavior, including torture and assassination; ethnic conflict and insurgencies; an examination of ethics, choice, and war crimes; nuclear deterrence theory; terrorism; chemical and biological weapons; cyber warfare; intelligence; economic sanctions; and non-lethal weapons.


Catalog Description: 
Deterrence theory; decision-making and rationality; strategy and psychology; material and ideational structures; insurgencies and counter-insurgencies; ethics; nuclear strategy; terrorism; economic sanctions; chemical, biological, and cyber weapons; non-lethal weapons. Prerequisite: none; recommended: Pol S 203 recommended
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
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November 14, 2017 - 9:26pm