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Global Conflict Studies (GCS)

Courses

GCS 201  Introduction to Global Conflict Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to the issues and concepts related to the study of peace and conflict and provides a survey of the historical and contemporary examples of how individuals, groups and nation-state have waged conflict and sought to make and keep peace.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 115 or SS 120 or SS 130.

GCS 300  International Conflict Resolution  3 Credits (3,0)

The course will expose students to different kinds of organized, violent conflicts that exist in today's world, will examine different theories seeking to explain why and how they have occurred, and will discuss and cleanly military, economic, diplomatic, legal, and nation-building conflict resolution. Prerequisite is any lower level SS or GCS course.

GCS 302  Gender Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Theories, concepts, and issues in gender security. Considers different analytical approaches to gender as applied to security issues. Topics include gender inequality and international conflict; gender and power mechanisms such as ideology, economics, military, and politics; the gendered character of terrorism, war and political violence; and UN efforts to combat sexual exploitation in multilateral peace operations. This is a discussion-led course, based heavily on weekly readings on topics ranging: om theory to practice. Incorporates political science, history, philosophy, international relations, and political theory to provide students with a strong understanding in why nations are in conflict. Prerequisite is any lower level SS or GCS course.

GCS 304  Political Violence  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines various forms of political violence and introduces theories explaining why actors carry out these different types of violent behaviors. It explores violence such as insurgency, civil war, revolution, terrorism, slavery, torture, and genocide. Through examining historical case studies and contemporary events from comparative and international perspectives, the course investigates the interests and motives of state and non-state actors in committing acts of violence. Prerequisite is any lower level SS or GCS course.

GCS 306  Theories of Nations and Nationalism  3 Credits (3,0)

Theories, concepts, and issues in nationalism studies. The role of ideology, identity, democracy, and elite actors in nation building. Issues of national emergence, the creation of the nation, nationalism and terrorism, nationalism and atrocity, patriotism, and asymmetric transnational groups, specifically terrorist organizations. Students become more aware of identity politics, gain an understanding of cultural construction in modern politics and acquire tools necessary to analyze today's various global problems. Incorporates political science, history, philosophy, international relations, and political theory to provide students with a strong understanding in why nations are in conflict.
Prerequisites: Any Lower-level SS or GCS course.

GCS 308  Transnational Crime  3 Credits (3,0)

An examination of historical, political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of transnational crime with an emphasis on key aspects of narcotics use, abuse, and control within and across national borders.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 115 or SS 120 or SS 130.

GCS 400  Topics in Global Conflict Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

The study of global conflict including political, economic, environmental, religious and social causes as well as its impact on the individual, cultures, ethnic groups and nations, and the historical and contemporary theories and methodologies used to prevent, mitigate or resolve such conflicts. Course topics vary according to instructor and are subject to approval by the department chair. May be repeated for credit when topics change.

GCS 475  Senior Thesis in Global Conflict Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

The Senior Thesis course requires the student to complete the writing of a documented professional paper in Global Conflict Studies under the guidance of a faculty adviser, involving subject matter that is demonstrably tied to a second major or student's minor fields of study.

GCS 490  Capstone in Global Conflict Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

Designed to enable students to explore more deeply historical and theoretical issues specific to Global Conflict Studies.
Prerequisites: COM 221 or COM 222.