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Spring 2014-2015
* WWS 315 / POL 393 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Grand Strategy

Aaron L. Friedberg
G. John Ikenberry

Grand strategy is the broad and encompassing policies and undertakings that political leaders pursue-financial, economic, military, diplomatic-to achieve their objectives inpeacetime and in war. This course will examine the theory and practice of grand strategy both to illuminate how relations among city-states, empires, kingdoms and nation states have evolved over the centuries and also to identify some common challenges that have confronted all who seek to make and execute grand strategy from Pericleses to Barack Obama.

Sample reading list:
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
Polybius, The Histories
Carl von Clausewitz, On War
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, The Federalist Papers
Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The seminar will require a great deal of reading (+250 pages)each week. Written assignments will include a number of short papers and a research paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 50%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Some knowledge of U.S. European, and/or Asian history is essential, through there are no prerequisite courses.

Other information:
Open to Freshmen

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42573 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Robertson Hall   100   Enrolled:51 Limit:75 Closed
43866 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Robertson Hall   035   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
43867 P02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   035   Enrolled:13 Limit:15 Closed
43868 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   032   Enrolled:10 Limit:15 Closed
43869 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   032   Enrolled:8 Limit:15 Closed
43870 P05 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   032   Enrolled:7 Limit:15 Closed
43297 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled