Course Description: 

This course will look at the concept of militarization, the processes that work to militarize, and work to find strategies for demilitarization. We will at militarism on an individual, social, and societal level, and look at the ways these different levels interact with one another. 

Learning Outcomes: 

The course aims to facilitate discussions that are currently taking place in the field of international relations around the issues of militarization.

The course’s main aim is to provide students with a strong understanding of:

  • The concept of militarism and how it is in our everyday lives.
  • Provide tools and concepts for the student to implement in their own research.
  • Begin to strategize on what demilitarization looks like in the 21st century.

Exploration of different critical lenses essential to Critical International Relations


The course will demand that its members read critically, participate actively, and write effectively. Most of all, it will ask students work with their fellow members to create an environment where ideas and arguments matter. On a more mundane note:

  • Students are expected to attend every class, please let me know if you are going to miss class. 
  • Students should expect to be involved in each class. I will work hard to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. In this regard, more than just showing up, you will need to offer meaningful contributions.
  • Papers must be submitted via email to me as a Word document on the specified dates specified. Work submitted after that time will be penalized 10% per day.
  • Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner (i.e., respect your classmates, turn off cell phones, no outside work or reading, etc.). Those who fail to adhere to these basic guidelines will be removed from class


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