17.468 Foundations of Security Studies

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Develops a working knowledge of the theories and conceptual frameworks that form the intellectual basis of security studies as an academic discipline. Particular emphasis on balance of power theory, organization theory, civil-military relations, and the relationship between war and politics. The reading list includes Jervis, Schelling, Waltz, Blainey, von Clausewitz, and Huntington. Students write a seminar paper in which theoretical insights are systematically applied to a current security issue.

This class has no prerequisites.

17.468 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by B. Posen.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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