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Spring 2015-2016
* 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 in peacetime 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 Pericles 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
40274 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Robertson Hall   016   Enrolled:66 Limit:100
44515 P01 9:00 am - 9:50 am W   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
44516 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
44517 P03 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
44518 P04 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
44519 P05 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
44520 P06 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
44521 P07 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Friend Center   202   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
42832 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled