GOVT 238

How Leaders Decide

This course examines factors that influence highlevel decision-making in international politics. Students will consider factors that affect how decisions are made including cognition and affect, the nature of bureaucracy, the structure of the policymaking process, political ideology, and international communication. The course is balanced between theory and history, exploring specific historical examples of strategic decision-making in war and peace. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V.7

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