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Global Conflict Studies (GCS)

Courses

GCS 101  Introduction to Global Conflict Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction of the issues and concepts related to the study of peace and conflict and a survey of historical and contemporary examples of how individuals, groups and nation-states have waged conflict and sought to make and keep the peace.

GCS 199  Special Topics in Global Conflict Studies  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed study of selected topics in Global Conflict Studies.

GCS 204  Introduction to Research Methods  3 Credits (3,0)

Practice of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Digital content analysis; statistical analysis; interviewing; survey research.
Prerequisites: GCS Majors only.

GCS 299  Special Topics in Global Conflict Studies  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed study of selected topics in Global Conflict Studies.

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.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 115 or SS 120.

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.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 115 or SS 120.

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.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 115 or SS 120.

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

This course will present and discuss vexing security challenges facing an increasingly globalized world through the lens of nationalism. This course analyzes the role of ideology, identity, demos, and elite actors in nation building. We will discuss theories of nationalism, the creation of the nation, nationalism and culture, patriotism, and genocide. This is a discussion-led course, based heavily on weekly readings on tonics ranninn from theorv to nractice.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 115 or SS 120.

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.

GCS 310  International Political Economy  3 Credits (3,0)

Relationship between politics and the economy on an international scale, with analysis of the relationships between governments, international organizations and corporations in resolving conflicts and facilitating trade cooperation.

GCS 312  Understanding the European Union  3 Credits (3,0)

Origins, process, and political institutions of the European integration, and contextualization of the role and history of the European Union in the global framework.

GCS 314  Religion, Conflict, and Peace  3 Credits (3,0)

Dynamics of religion, conflicts, and peace in different times and locales, placing contemporary events into larger historical, social, political, economic, and religious contexts.

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)

Students will write a thesis involving original research on a topic related to Global Conflict Studies in order to illustrate their research and analytical abilities as well as synthesize their knowledge of related theories, concepts, and issues.
Prerequisites: GCS 490.

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

Complete a research project as culmination of the major. Identify a specific question, gather primary source data, organize a literature review, select appropriate research design and methodologies, produce an original analytical work, defend in oral presentation.
Prerequisites: GCS 204 and any GCS 400 level course.

GCS 499  Special Topics in Global Conflict Studies  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Global Conflict Studies.