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This course will explore ethical, theoretical, and practical questions relating to terrorism, the engagement of war, cultural and ethnic conflicts. This course will explore why we wage war, the development of terrorism and its impact on societies, society’s quest for peace and the methods attempted to achieve peace. This course will also explore the concept of human rights and how terrorism and war impact these rights.

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St. Louis, MO, January 2007.


• Historic and philosophical positions on war
• Contemporary moral foundations on war
• Human rights
• Terrorism
• Humanitarian intervention and preemptive war
• Religious positions on war
• Toward a theory of just peace



The subjects of war, peace, terrorism and human rights are daily fare in the media. While people form strong opinions on these matters and tend to regard them as right or wrong, many do not have the skills to analyze and clearly articulate a rationale for their positions. The purpose of this course is thus twofold: to equip students with the ethical theories needed to make a judgment concerning the morality of a particular action or conflict and to examine these actions and conflicts in a rational and objective manner.

The four major components, each of which counts equally toward the evaluation of the student:

Class attendance and participation in activities 10% Mid-term and Final 50% Presentations 25% Homework and in class assignments 10%…...

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