Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2022

Taught By: Rafi Youatt

Section: AX

CRN: 10998

Credits: 4

This course evaluates the changing nature, causes, and competing explanations for war, focusing largely on wars of the 20th and 21st centuries. At the largest level, it engages with the possibility that war has fundamentally changed in recent decades – rather than wars between nations, which strongly characterized the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, war has instead become a more dispersed violence, involving global policing, transnationalized security operations, and intra-state violence. In order to evaluate this possible shift, we place it in the larger trajectory of wars since 1914. The class will look at WWI, WWII, wars of decolonization, the Cold War, and post-Cold War wars of globalization. For each conflict, we will do two things: first, seek to ground ourselves in an understanding of the history of each conflict; second, to assess multiple explanations for why these wars took place. At the end of the course, we will use these wars to reflect on what war is today. This course builds foundational knowledge for The Making of Modern International Society LPOL 3087 and for Advanced Topics in Global Politics LPOL 3091"

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:41am 11/28/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022