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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

17 minutes to complete

Introduction/Welcome

17 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 7 min), 1 reading
1 video
1 reading
Suggested Readings10m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

The Nature of War

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 44 min)
5 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
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

The Causes of War

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 40 min)
5 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
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

The Experience of War

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 52 min)
7 videos
The Soldier's Inner Landscape 4m
Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat4m
Fear10m
Endurance 6m
Atrocities 2m
Office Hours I19m
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Top reviews from Paradoxes of War

By DWMar 15th 2018

Very interesting topic and well-presented, too. Covers virtually every historic period in which there's been warfare (which, I guess, is every historic period in which there's been people).

By JWJan 12th 2020

Great course! This course has provided some great information and proposed some important philosophical questions. I wish there were exams and a certificate to go along with it too.

Instructor

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Miguel A. Centeno 

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

About 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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