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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 33 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
17 minutes to complete

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 reading
Suggested Readings10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

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
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

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
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

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

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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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