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About the Course

This class focuses on threats (e.g., of terrorism, war, disease, cyber-conflict, and global warming) that undermine the safety and stability of our collective life (e.g., as citizens of a nation-state). It focuses on the institutions, policies, and technologies (e.g., militias, immigration bans, and surveillance drones) that groups develop to manage and defend against these threats. Course material focuses on concepts and theories that explain how groups conceptualize and practice security in particular ways. Students are encouraged to study a chosen security topic within a specific historical and cultural setting. [Note: The Spring 2021 offering of PACS 3800 will focus exclusively on the Coronavirus Pandemic as a case study].


PACS 3800 Syllabus - This course is typically taught in spring semester by Dr. Bryan Taylor. It will not be offered Spring 2023 due to Dr. Taylor's sabbatical. However, it will be offered Fall 2022 to make up for this. Instructor: Steven Beard.

Class Attributes

  • This course counts for Arts & Sciences General Education: Distribution-Social Sciences

  • This course counts under Functional Area III for International Affairs Majors

  • This course counts as an elective for students registered for the PACS Certificate