POL S 430 A: Civil-Military Relations In Democracies

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
PAR 206
Elizabeth Kier

Syllabus Description:

Winter 2018 



Prof. Kier, ekier@uw.edu


Protecting a democracy from foreign threats can demand the creation of a powerful military. Yet the creation of a powerful military can undermine the democracy that the military is designed to protect. How do, and how should, democracies manage the relationship between the civilians and the military? In exploring civilian and military perspectives, this course addresses issues in U.S. civil-military relations such as the draft versus an all-volunteer force, and the “revolt of the generals” during the war in Iraq. The course also examines issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation in the military. We will focus on U.S. civil-military relations, but students can use their papers to explore civil-military relations in other democracies.



The articles & book chapters are on the website.

The books are on reserve at Odegaard and can be purchased at the University Bookstore:

Daily reading of the New York Times is required. For the print version at the reduced college rate, stop by or call the By George Newsstand 206.543.4087. This rate also provides unlimited digital access. For digital subscriptions at the reduced college rate, see NYTimes.com/UWashington (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..



Two research proposals and a research paper (25%); two exams (25% each); and class participation (25%). Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the newspaper, readings, and discussion questions. They will also regularly give presentations on the readings.

Exams must be taken on the scheduled date. To avoid sanction for missed exams or late papers, students must submit a written note from a physician (or another recognized authority). Note penalties for late papers on the next page of the syllabus. Students must complete all requirements to pass the course.

Contact Disability Resources for Students: 448 Schmitz Hall, 543-8924 (voice), 543-8925 (TTY), 616-8379 (fax), uwdss@uw.edu to request accommodation. With a letter from their office, we can easily arrange accommodations.

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Catalog Description: 
Explores issues of civil-military relations in the United States including debates about the garrison state hypothesis; military advice on the use of force; the civil-military "gap"; and issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation in the military.
Department Requirements: 
International Relations Field
International Security Option
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:26pm