Fall/Winter Timetable

POL380H1F L0201

Topics in International Politics

Decision-Making in International Security


In this course, students will investigate various approaches to studying decision-making in International Security. We will cover models that draw on political psychology, social identity theory, and new research in the field of International Relations to explore how heuristics, context, organization, identity, norms, and emotion affect decision-making. Throughout the term, we will investigate which factors did (or should have) informed decision-making and how political elites wrestle with these challenges.

Format and Requirements

Two hours of lecture and discussion. Course requirements and assignments include exams, quizzes, policy briefs, essays, and active participation.


POL208H1 or POL208Y1 or POL209H5 or POLB80H3