War is a state of armed conflict between diverse countries or different groups within a country. “The Paradox of War”, an online course will be starting soon in the amalgamation of Coursera and Princeton University.
This course is designed to teach the applicants that war is just not a normal part of human existence but it is one of the most arguable factors in making who they are. Through this course, students will get an opportunity to appreciate that war is both the blend of natural expression of human emotions and interactions and a constitutive part of how we cohere as groups. War is ironically an expression of our basest animal character and the paradigm of our most vaunted and valued civilized virtues.
Here, students will learn some basic military history and sociology concepts which can be used as a lens to see social themes and issues related to war in a broader sense. This course will help students in learning about war, but more prominently, its use as way of understanding everyday social world. So, for instance, the conversation of war and gender will serve to start students thinking about how expectations of masculinity has created and course discussion of nationalism will make the things clear.
‘Paradox of War’, this online course will start in June.
This course will run for 6 weeks and estimated effort of 5-7 hours/week is required from each student.
Online Course Provider
Coursera and the Princeton University
No prior knowledge required. Applicants who are interested in this field can apply for this course.
The Warrior’s War
- Is War Natural?
- Warriors in Battle
- Why Not Run Away?
- What Do Soldiers Believe In?
From Wars of Armies to Wars of Societies
- Wars of Armies
- Progress of Battle
- Industrialization of War
War and Society
- Social Aspects of War
- Soldiers and Citizens
- War and Equality
- Conquest. Genocide, and Armageddon
The Future of War
- The Rise of the Rest
- New Challenges
- Conclusions: Empire and the Western Way of War
Online Course Staff
Miguel A. Centeno
He is the lecturer of Sociology and International Affairs in the WWS. He has also found the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (2003-2007) and Master of Wilson College (1997-2004). His interest areas are political sociology and social change.
You can apply for the course by following this link.