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The Paradoxes of War teaches us to understand that war is not only a normal part of human existence, but is arguably one of the most important factors in making us who we are. Through this course, I hope that you will come to appreciate that war is both a natural expression of common human emotions and interactions and a constitutive part of how we cohere as groups. That is, war is paradoxically an expression of our basest animal nature and the exemplar of our most vaunted and valued civilized virtues. You will learn some basic military history and sociology in this course as a lens for the more important purpose of seeing the broader social themes and issues related to war. I want you to both learn about war, but more importantly, use it as way of understanding your everyday social world. So, for example, the discussion of war and gender will serve to start you thinking about how expectations of masculinity are created and our discussion of nationalism will make clear how easy “us-them” dichotomies can be established and (ab)used. I will suggest some readings for you to complement the class and assign some activities through which you will be able to apply the theoretical insights from the course to your observations of everyday life. At the end of the course, you will start to see war everywhere and come to appreciate how much it defines our life....
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Programa - Qué aprenderás en este curso

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17 minutos para completar

Introduction/Welcome

The basic paradoxes of war: how it builds and destroys, produces love and hate are discussed. Outline of course and general expectations....
Reading
1 video (Total: 7 min), 1 reading
Video1 video
Reading1 lectura
Suggested Readings10m

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1 hora para completar

The Nature of War

War is a product of both “natural” instincts and a social creation involving the imposition of organization and authority structures....
Reading
5 videos (Total: 44 min)
Video5 videos
The Nature of War5m
Why Do We Study War?3m
The Uses of War/The Western Way of War 6m
Nature of Aggression/Criteria of War/Defining the WWW9m

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1 hora para completar

The Causes of War

Causes of war may be described as material, cultural, and psychological. At the heart of war is the product of us-them dynamics....
Reading
5 videos (Total: 40 min)
Video5 videos
Is War Unique to Humans?/Is War Natural?7m
War and Gender 7m
Humanity of War/Perspectives on War10m
Perspectives on War, cont./A Future Perspective 6m

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1 hora para completar

The Experience of War

In order to understand the social creation of war we need to appreciate that this is an activity VERY few would engage in with control or inducement....
Reading
7 videos (Total: 52 min)
Video7 videos
The Soldier's Inner Landscape 4m
Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat4m
Fear10m
Endurance 6m
Atrocities 2m
Office Hours I19m

Instructor

Miguel A. Centeno

Musgrave Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and International Affairs
Sociology

Acerca de Princeton University

Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

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  • No. As per Princeton University policy, no certificates, credentials, or reports are awarded in connection with this course.

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