SOC802 – Issues in War and Peace  Fall 2010

Upper level liberal course

Section 021

Wednesday 11:10–14:00 (ENG 101)

[PLEASE NOTE CHANGES HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES]

 

Instructor: Peter Wronski

Office: JOR329

Office hours:

Office hours: Tuesday 12:00-1:00PM; Wednesday 2:003:00 PM; Friday 3:00-4:00PM

Phone: 416-979-5000 (ex. 4197)

Email: pwronsky@ryerson.ca (BEST WAY TO CONTACT)

 

 

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This is an introduction to theories and contemporary issues in the study of war and peace, coupled with forays into the past, as needed. Its goal is to help students develop an understanding of what war is, what causes it, what its effects on society are, and whether it could be overcome.

 

COURSE INTRODUCTION: This is an upper level liberal course – an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of war and peace – cutting across sociology, political science, anthropology, history and social psychology. We concentrate on the issues of war and peace today, with forays into the past when needed. Our goal is to reach an understanding of what war is and what causes it, what its effects on society are, and whether it is inevitable.

 

REQUIRED READINGS: A reader, titled SOC802 Issues in War and Peace and bearing instructor’s name, available at Ryerson Bookstore.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION:

      REQUIREMENT

                             DESCRIPTION

        WORTH

       LENGTH

                DATE

 TERM TEST

 Essay questions

            30%

      60 minutes

            27 October

 ESSAY

 Take-home essay

            30%

  ca 2,000 words

           10 November

 FINAL EXAM

 Essay questions

            40%

     120 minutes

   15 December

 

TERM TEST: This test consists of essay questions only; is worth 30 percent of the final mark; written during the two-hour class; and 90 minutes long. It covers readings 1 to 5 and corresponding lectures. NOTE: The test is written with open readers and lecture notes. Students missing the test for legitimate reasons should request a make-up as soon as they realize they will not attend. Make-up test is of the same length and consists of essay questions only. Test grades will be available in class or during office hours – not in any other form – two weeks after submission.

 

TAKE-HOME ESSAY: Students are expected to write a take-home essay on one of the questions provided by the professor early in the course. This essay is worth 30 percent of the final grade, and should be based on at least four texts from the course readers and at least one additional academically justifiable source. The required length is 1,900-2,100 words; font 12; spacing 2; margins 1; page numbering; and bibliography. Text beyond 2,100 words will not be graded. Late essays without legitimate justification will be graded 5 percent lower for each day of delay (weekends included), and those received after 30 November will be graded with 0. Essays are to be handed to the professor in person, in class or during the office hours – excepting extraordinary justifiable circumstances. In such cases, essays should be deposited in the Sociology Department drop-box (Jorgenson Hall, third floor). Essay grades will be available in class or during office hours – not not in any other form – three weeks after submission.

 

FINAL EXAM: This exam consists of essay questions only; it is worth 40 percent of the final mark; written during the final examination period; and 120 minutes long. The exam will be primarily based on lectures and readings beginning with Week 4    Oct 4 - 6: Clash of Civilizations:  The Huntington Hypothesis but you may refer to any of the readings or lecturews if relevant.   NOTE: The final exam is written with open readers and lecture notes, like the term test.

 

 

SYLLABUS:

IN THE WEEK OF

                         CLASS TOPIC

                              AUTHORS

      REMINDERS

        6 September

Course Introduction

 

 

      13 September

1. What and Whence is War?

Clausewitz, Luard, Einstein, Freud, Lorenz, Ardrey, Bakunin, Mead

 

      20 September

2. Sex, Gender and War

Moore/Gillette, Fukuyama, Creveld, Ashley, Stack-O’Connor, Tickner

     Essay questions

      27 September

3. Clash of Civilizations

Huntington, Barber, Ajami, Ross, Ali

 

 

        4 October

4. Pacifists and Warriors

Kant, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Nietzsche, Mussolini, Hitler

 

      11 October

5. Terrorists and Freedom Fighters

G.W. Bush, White, Carr, Ross, Chomsky, Hoffman, Townshend

    Term test review

      27 October

         TERM TEST ON 27 OCTOBER

Readings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and lectures

       TERM TEST

      25 October

6. Pax Americana      

G. Bush, G.W. Bush, Kagan, Ignatieff, Blum, McNally

                  

        1 November

7. Humanitarian Interventionism

Gow, Axworthy, Graham, Clark, Bain, Roszak

         

        8 November

8. Israel, Palestine and the United States

Eikmeier, Stoessinger, Friedman, Said, Mearsheimer/Walt, Evan

     Essay due   

      15 November

9. Iraq Wars

Hussein, Kean, Rubin, Pitt/Ritter, Al-Azmeh, Chibber, Obama

                  

      22 November

10. Yugoslav Wars

Ambrozic, New Republic, Brzezinski, Layne, Parenti, Bandow

 

      29 November

11. Afghanistan Wars

Roy, Kean, Obama, Laxer, Warnock, Preston

  Final exam review

   15 DECEMBER

                                      

Readings 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and lectures

      FINAL EXAM

 

NOTE: Fall term undergraduate examination period includes Saturdays, December 11 and December 18.

 

IMPORTANT WEBSITES, NOTICES AND REGULATIONS STUDENTS SHOULD BE COGNIZANT OF:

 

  This course uses Blackboard for basic information – such as the course and lecture outlines,,or take-home essay                 questions – not for full lecture notes or on-line consultations

 This course does not use turnitin.com

  Returning grades for the term test and essay assignment: 2-3 weeks – in class or during office hours, not by

      e-mail or Blackboard

  Regrading/recalculation: must be requested from the instructor in writing – within 10 working days of receipt

  Final Grades: Professors are not allowed to post or distribute final grades in any form

  Faculty Course Surveys: Surveys will be administered on-line in November

 University E-mail Policy: Students must use their Ryerson email accounts only

 Ryerson Medical Certificate:                                                                                http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/medical.pdf

 Ryerson Library workshops:                                                                                www.ryerson.ca/library/info/workshops.html

 Writing Centre:                                                                                                                             http://www.ryerson.ca/writingcentre/

 English Language Support:                                                                                   www.ryerson.ca/studentservices/els

 Ryerson Student Code of Academic Conduct:                              www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/pol60.pdf

 Ryerson Research Ethics Board:                                                                          http://www.ryerson.ca/about/vpresearch/reb.html

 Academic Consideration (appeals; religious observance): www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies

 Ryerson Access Centre:                                                                                                    http://www.ryerson.ca/studentservices/accesscentre/

  Plagiarism and how to avoid it:                                                                            http://www.ryerson.ca/ai/students/studentcheating.html

  Students in some programs cannot take certain lower and upper level liberal studies courses for liberal studies         credit due to their proximity to the professional courses:    http://www.ryerson.ca/calendar/2009-2010/pg1337.html