International Security: War and Peace
I. Course Prefix/Number: PSC 250
Course Name: International Security: War and Peace
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe and explain the causes of wars and the conditions for peace in world politics;
C. Analyze and interpret the causes and consequences of various historical and contemporary conflicts;
D. Analyze the conditions for security, and evaluate the nature of threats in the world today;
E. Evaluate and interpret alternatives to traditional international security arrangements.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
2. The Enduring Logic of Conflict in World Politics.
3. Origins of the Great Twentieth-Century Conflicts.
4. Balance of Power and World War I.
5. The Failure of Collective Security and World War II.
6. Conflict During the Cold War.
7. Conflict in the Post-Cold War World.
8. Intervention, Institutions, and Emerging International Norms.
9. Regional, Ethnic, and Religious Conflicts.
10. Globalization and Interdependence.
11. The Information Revolution, Transnational Actors and the Diffusion of Power.
12. A New World Order, or a New Disorder? Implications for U.S. National Security Starategy.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials.
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 12-14 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of-class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.