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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2004

GOV 390L • Military in Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35335 W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 232

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. This course is designed to familiarize graduate students with the military's political role in modern state and society. The focus is on the sociopolitical character of the armed forces. The class begins with seven weeks of heavy readings in order to help you get to know the literature and disparate cases of civil-military relations. Students will write brief (1-2 pages) discussion proposals to facilitate debate about the readings. Then students will have a few weeks to research their papers on which their in-class presentation (and grade) will be based. During these weeks there will be no formal seminar meetings but I will be available for consultation. Finally, the class will conclude with student presentations. The research paper is due on the last seminar meeting.

Grading Policy

7 discussion proposals: 7x3=21% seminar participation (including presentations on the research paper): 29% research paper: 50%


Desch, Michael C. Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2001. Feaver, Peter D. and Richard H. Kohn. Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security. MIT UP, 2001. Pion-Berlin, David. Civil-Military Relations in Latin America. U of North Carolina P, 2001. Moskos, Charles C., John Allen Williams, and David R. Segal, eds. The Postmodern Military: Armed Forces After the Cold War. Oxford UP, 2000. van Creveld, Martin. Israeli Army Public Affairs, 2002. Taylor, Brian. Politics and the Russian Army. Cambridge UP, 2003. Plus one additional book on Asian civil-military relations.


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