Fall/Winter Timetable

POL380H1F L0201

Topics in International Politics

Decision-Making in International Security


This course will investigate various approaches to studying decision-making in International Relations. We will cover models that draw on political psychology, social identity theory, and new research in neuropsychology ( e.g. fMRI, ERP, patient studies) to explore how heuristics, motivation, context, organization, memory, emotion, and experience affect decision-making. Throughout the term we will investigate which factors did (or should have) informed decision-making in different cases in International Security, and how political elites wrestle with these challenges.



Format and Requirements



POL208H1 or POL208Y1 or POL209H5 or POLB80H3