POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Section: 006 Civilians in conflict
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Despite prohibitions against the intentional targeting of noncombatants, civilians are not only collateral damage in conflicts, but frequently the pawns of war and state repression. However, civilians also have agency in conflict settings, and significant resources are spent trying to protect civilian populations. This course examines the burgeoning literature on the diverse roles of civilians in violent political conflicts. We will go through different theoretical perspectives on civilian targeting and agency. We will also discuss the distinction between civilian and combatant; why, where, when, and through what means civilians are targeted; legal and institutional frameworks that exist on civilian protection; efforts to protect civilians in principle and the relative success and failure of doing so in practice. Throughout the course, we pay particular attention to challenges in documentation, data collection, measurement, and analysis of civilian targeting in conflictual settings, and how the literature is grappling with overcoming such challenges.

Course Requirements:

Graduate standing

Intended Audience:

Graduate students

POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
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Note: This course will be titled "Political Psychology".
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