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The Iraq War: Beyond the Political, Onto the Personal

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Fall 2009
PS 98/198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

This course will analyze the Iraq War, bypassing the more common levels of conflict analysis – the political and strategic – instead engaging on the personal, human level.  It will look at the war through a simplified framework, investigating the interaction between the members of the US military and the Iraqis, determining who these primary actors are and what the consequences of their interaction are.  Key topics of discussion include: the plight of the Iraqi interpreters and their conflicting interests, the effect of the war on soldiers and their families, the long-term physical and psychological effects on Iraqi civilians, the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with the military, the psychology of the rules of engagement and its consequences, etc.  This course will avoid discussion of the merits and ethics of going to war, instead focusing on the concrete human consequences of the war itself.  Please keep this in mind!

How to Enroll:

Please email to reserve a spot in the course.  Include in the email whether you are upper or lower division.  Show up the first day of class to receive the course CCN.


  • Class will be held Thursday from 5:30p - 7:30p.
  • First day of class will be September 3rd. 
  • This course is open to all majors.
  • This is a 2 unit course.
  • As stated above, this course will discuss the human consequences of war and should not be used as a platform to argue over the merits of going to war. 
  • If you have any questions about the course, do not hesitate to email either course facilitator.

Course Contact: ryan.j.carroll AT, mshin411 AT

Faculty Sponsor: Amy Gurowitz

Time & Location:

Ryan Carroll
Moon Shin
121 WheelerTh 5:30-7:30full

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