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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2004

LAS 384L • MILITARY IN POLITICS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36750 W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 232
BARANY

Course Description

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 page) discussion proposals to facilitate debate about the readings. Then you will have a few weeks to research your paper on which your in-class presentation (and grade) is going to 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 (April 29).

Grading Policy

7 discussion proposals : 7 x 3 = 21 seminar participation (including presentations on the research paper) : 29 research paper : 50

Texts

1. Desch, Michael C. Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). 2. Feaver, Peter D., and Richard H. Kohn. Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). 3. Pion-Berlin, David. Civil-Military Relations in Latin America (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). 4. Moskos, Charles C., John Allen Williams, and David R. Segal, eds., The Postmodern Military: Armed Forces after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2000). 5. van Creveld, Martin. Israeli army (Public Affairs, 2002) 6. Taylor, Brian. Politics and the Russian Army (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 7. Cohen, Stephen P. The Indian Army (Oxford University Press, 2002)

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