Defense Politics OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Military Strategy Course by MIT

Published Feb 26, 2009

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'Defense Politics' is a free course from MIT offered as OpenCourseWare. The course is part of an undergraduate political science program in the area of military strategy. The course looks at how various factions work together to decide the level of military force that the U.S. needs.

Defense Politics: Course Specifics

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Defense Politics: Course Description

The political science department at MIT has posted Professor Harvey Sapolsky's course 'Defense Politics' as OpenCourseWare. This course is about 'institutional politics' that influence uses of the military, its upkeep and methods used to gain recruits. Topics include examining America's management of the defense policy since WWII with a focus on 1947 to the present. The implications and outcomes of the 1947 National Security Act are investigated. The organization of the nation's military and the military's relations with the civilian world are explored as well.

Materials from the course include sample essay topics, an exam, a list of resources, a detailed reading list and lecture notes. To study more about defense politics, visit the course page.

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