Academic Catalog

PSIR214 WAR AND PEACE STUDIES

Course Code: 3540214
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Department: Political Science And International Relations
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. ZLKF AYDIN
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.

Course Content

This course examines the historically changing expressions and meanings of war and peace. Is -war- a distinctive form of social and political violence ? Is peace simply the absence of war ? Is peace or war the international norm ? How have the causes of war (and peace) changed over history ? How have wars been concluded and has this entailed the outbreak of peace ? These and other questions are addressed in the context of the development of international relations, the international system and imperialism. The basic ideas of war studies on the one hand and peace studies on the other hand are introduced and reviewed before considering a range of theoretical approaches to the field and examining distinct historical examples of the outbreak of wars and the conclusion of -peace-.