IGA-220: The Politics and Ethics of the Use of Force

Semester: Spring

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: J. Bryan Hehir


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 1/22
Meet Day T/Th 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Littauer Bldg 130 (HKS)


The course is focused on the morality of war in world politics.  The primary analytical lens is the classical “Just-War” ethic, viewed from a historical and contemporary perspective.  The ethic is tested by the tradition of non-violence and by the nature of modern warfare.  Three major strategic challenges are examined: the nuclear age, decisions about humanitarian military intervention and terrorism.  Changes in modern warfare (in terms of agents and in terms of weaponry), run through the course.

Also offered by the Divinity School as HDS 2853.

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