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Peter Soverel
SIS 301
Seattle Campus


Origins and conduct of war; readings from anthropology, political science, economics, and history, as well as novels and some recent works on the arms-control controversy. Modern forms of warfare, including guerrilla war, world war, and nuclear war. Offered: jointly with SOC 301.

Class description

WAR is a survey course about organized human conflict. You will draw on works by historians, participants, practitioners (uniformed and civilian) and philosophers on the nature, causes, conduct and moral/ethical implications of the use of directed violence for political purpose The course addresses several inter-connected themes: -war and society; -war and technology; -war and individuals.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class sessions consist of lectures and discussions of assigned topical questions. You are responsible for completing the reading assignments and viewing the assigned films before class, thinking through the discussion topics and participating in the classroom discussions. Please note that I require attendance. Failure to attend class or participate in classroom discussions will lower your grade.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Course readings, lectures, movies and class discussions are complementary. The course entails substantial reading although you will read for themes rather than individual factoids. Weekly reading assignments are typically 200-400 pages. I also assign films weekly as part of the required course work. Assigned films will be shown Wednesdays, 6:00-9:20 PM on campus. If you elect not to attend these film sessions, you are responsible for making your own arrangements to view the assigned films. Over the quarter, you will write two 8-10 page papers on assigned discussion topics. You will receive your paper assignments on the first week in class. You must write on the assigned topic. Papers are due at the beginning of the class for which they are assigned. The authors will lead the classroom discussion during the second hour of class on Wednesdays. Provided your paper is turned in on time, you may apply for permission to re-write and re-submit your paper after it has been graded.

The final examination is a take-home test. You will receive the final on the last day of class. GRADING two discussion papers 40% final examination (take home) 40% class participation 20%

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/25/2004