Spring 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: U.S. Military Power
Instructor(s): Eugene Gholz
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63522
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.103
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Modern military forces are powerful instruments of statecraft, but at the same time, policy-makers need to understand their limits and the side effects of trying to achieve policy goals using military force. The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the missions, capabilities, and costs of military forces. It also seeks to explain what makes some militaries better than others and the effect of new technologies on the way the military organizes and fights. The course is not a military primer; it is about the military as a policy tool. Students with no military background and students who have served in the military should both expect to learn from this course, to see new perspectives, and to gain policy-oriented skills. Along the way, students will also learn to evaluate the claims of journalists and advocacy organizations that confront informed American opinion on a day-to-day basis.

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