POLT 897E (01) - Seminar in International Politics

Seminar/Technology & War

Credits: 3.0
Term: Spring 2023 - Full Term (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   4  
CRN: 56090
Advanced analysis focusing on problems of theory and contemporary issues in international politics. Areas of interest may include: democratic norms in international relations, NATO expansion and European security, the peace process in the Middle East, etc. See department listings for semester offerings.
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Instructors: Jen Spindel

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 W 3:10pm - 6:00pm HORT 327
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From tanks and trenches to cyber warfare and artificial intelligence.

How does weapons technology affect how states fight and the ways in which international politics work? This course considers the relationship between technology and war by considering three key questions: in what context did different weapons develop? have any weapons had a revolutionary effect on war? how have different war strategies changed the conduct of international politics? We will consider the development and effects of weapons including gunpowder, tanks, submarines, nuclear weapons, and drones.

Students will leave this course with a greater understanding of the systemic pressures and individual variables that affect technological development and diffusion, and an understanding of how those technologies are used in pursuit of international political goals.