Security, Peace & Conflict

This field is dedicated to the study of political violence – armed conflict both within and across state borders – and to the study of politics in the shadow of violence. We seek to understand the causes of armed conflict and violence, the conduct and consequences of the use of violence and coercion by state and non-state actors, and the conditions under which the peace and security of states, societies, groups and individuals can be protected. Toward these ends, we examine the policies and strategies used by states and other political agents – both domestic and international – to control, manage, contain or prevent the use of political violence.

First Field

Coursework
  • POLSCI 760S Core in Security, Peace and Conflict
  • 3 courses selected from the Security, Peace & Conflict course listing
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between or among international actors
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between international actors and subnational or transnational actors, or among subnational and transnational actors
Qualifying Procedure

You will take a written exam at the end of your second year. This examination will assess whether or not you have attained a firm command of the literature in this field. Passing the written exam will normally complete the qualifying procedure. However, the committee may, at its discretion, administer an oral examination if it concludes that the written examination requires an oral defense.

Preliminary Examination

You will present a Security, Peace & Conflict field paper at the SPC workshop no later than the end of the first semester of the third year of graduate study. Your workshop presentation of your paper will serve as the oral portion of the preliminary examination. Faculty will meet right after the workshop to evaluate your performance and then meet with you. The committee administering the preliminary examination may pass you with distinction on the basis of both the qualifying written examination and the paper presentation and defense.

Second Field

  • POLSCI 760S Core in Security, Peace and Conflict
  • 3 courses selected from the Security, Peace & Conflict course listing
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between or among international actors
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between international actors and subnational or transnational actors, or among subnational and transnational actors

Field Requirements

Methods

Students who identify Security, Peace & Conflict as a first or second field must successfully complete the four required Methods courses identified in order to achieve field certification.

Workshop

Students who identify Security, Peace & Conflict as either a field are required to enroll in the SPC workshop in the spring semester of their second year and the fall semester of their third year. They are strongly encouraged to attend the SPC workshop on a regular basis throughout their residence in the graduate program. Students identifying SPC as their second field are encouraged to attend the SPC workshop.

Typical Graduate Study Timeline

Year Typical Student Activities
Year 1

Summer, pre-matriculation

Fall

  • MATH 790-92 Calculus for Social Science Research
  • POLSCI 630 Probability and Linear Models
  • Electives selected from Security, Peace and Conflict course listing
  • Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict

Spring

  • POLSCI 631L Introduction to Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena
  • POLSCI 733 Maximum Likelihood Methods
  • POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy
  • POLSCI 760S Core Security, Peace, and Conflict
  • Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict
  • Join other practicums as appropriate

Summer

  • STA 230 Probability or higher level course
  • Research with faculty
Year 2

Fall and Spring

  • An approved research design course (e.g., POLSCI 890-5, POLSCI 732)
  • POLSCI 749S Advanced Game Theory
  • Electives in Security, Peace and Conflict
  • Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict
  • Active participation in another practicum
  • Take qualifying examination

Summer

  • Finish prelim paper
  • Begin dissertation prospectus
Year 3

Fall

  • Defend prelim paper
  • Complete dissertation prospectus
  • Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict

Spring/Summer

  • Defend prospectus
  • Submit prelim paper for publication
  • Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict
Year 4
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict
Year 5
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict

 

 

 

 

 

Course Number Title Crosslisting Numbers Curriculum Codes
POLSCI 760S Core in Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 501S Politics and Media in the United States Canadian Studies, Arts of the Moving Image, Policy Journalism and Media R, SS, STS, W
POLSCI 511 Organized Crime in New Democracies SS
POLSCI 543 Counterterrorism Law and Policy PUBPOL 504 EI, R, SS
POLSCI 544 9/11: Causes, Response & Strategy PUBPOL 561, ICS 561 EI, SS, W
POLSCI 547 Politics of United States Foreign Policy PUBPOL 506, ICS 506 EI, R, SS
POLSCI 555S The Politics of Market Competition in a Global Economy ETHICS 555S, PUBPOL 555S R, SS
POLSCI 560S International Relations Theory and Chinese Foreign Policy International Comparative Studies CCI, SS
POLSCI 561S Problems in International Security SS
POLSCI 562S American Grand Strategy HISTORY 567S, PUBPOL 501S CZ, R, SS, W
POLSCI 563S Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy R, SS
POLSCI 642S Global Inequality Research Seminar AAAS 642S, ECON 541S, SOCIOL 642S, PUBPOL 645S ALP, CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 650S Political Economy of International Relations Markets and Management Studies R, SS
POLSCI 651S Theories of International Political Economy PUBPOL 651S SS
POLSCI 658S Political Economy of Terrorism SS
POLSCI 659S Civil Wars CCI, EI, R, SS
POLSCI 660S Theories of International Conflict R, SS
POLSCI 662S Problems in International Politics CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 663S Energy and U.S. National Security PUBPOL 583S, ENVIRON 583S, Energy and the Environment CCI, EI, SS, W
POLSCI 664S Leaders, Nations, and War ICS 664S CCI, R, SS, W
POLSCI 665S Theory and Practice of National Security R, SS, STS, W
POLSCI 667S American Civil-Military Relations PUBPOL 667S R, SS
POLSCI 668S Theory and Practice of International Security R, SS
POLSCI 669S Theories of War and Peace in Twentieth Century Europe R, SS
POLSCI 670S Contemporary United States Foreign Policy PUBPOL 502S EI, R, SS
POLSCI 690-3 Advanced Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict SS
POLSCI 690S-3 Advanced Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict SS
POLSCI 724 Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 763S Foundational Scholarship in International Relations
POLSCI 773 Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict I
POLSCI 774 Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict II
POLSCI 890-3 Security, Peace and Conflict

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