Skip to Content
University at Buffalo

UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2021

This information is updated nightly. Additional information about this course, including real-time course data, prerequisite and corequisite information, is available to current students via the HUB Student Center, which is accessible via MyUB.


PSC 347LEC - Logic Of Political Violence
Logic Of Political Violence KAT Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   22253   Enrollment Capacity:   49
Section:   KAT   Enrollment Total:   49
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   02/01/2021 - 05/07/2021   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   TBA , TBA
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
  Course Description
Civil war, interstate conflict, terrorism and other forms of organized, violent competition are perpetual problems that threaten political order and stability. A large body of academic research explains the occurrence and dynamics of these violent processes, offering insights into the reasons why organized belligerent groups confront one another with violence. However, much of the violence associated with these political conflicts is aimed directly at innocent civilians who are otherwise uninvolved in formal conflict processes. Indeed, the exploits of some extraordinarily violent groups cause one to wonder if war has become more brutal and inhumane over time, as noncombatants suffer at the hands of armed actors. In fact, in many cases the savagery associated with violence against civilians may cause observers to believe that the violence has no logic or rationale at all. Is this violence senseless? Does it have no strategic motivation? If not entirely senseless, then how might we understand such brutal behaviors as mass rape, child soldiering, physical mutilation, and the killing of innocents in the context of war? This course will consider these questions by introducing students to theoretical perspectives on war and violence in the international state system
             Kathman look up    
  On-line Resources
Other Courses Taught By: Kathman