IR 214 Political Violence in Comparative Perspective
Fall 2011 — TR 15:25-16:40
This course will examine the subject of political violence from a comparative perspective. The first half of the course will focus on low-scale political violence including everyday resistance, political protests, urban riots, and military coups. In the second half, we will turn to theories of large-scale political violence including state terror, genocide, and civil wars. We will also consider the similarities and differences between political violence and violence in the so-called "private" sphere, for example, abuse in upscale marriages. The course will conclude with a discussion of the social as well as psychological consequences of large-scale political violence and the ways and means available to the international community to bring lasting political peace in such situations.