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Dale C. Copeland

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S485 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of Chicago
PLIR 3060: Military Force in International Relations
Credits: 3
Examines the threat and use of military force in international relations. Includes deterrence theory and recent critiques, ethical and international legal considerations, domestic constraints, and the postwar U.S. and Soviet experiences with the use of force. Prerequisite: One course in PLIR or instructor permission.
PLIR 4150: Economics and National Security
Credits: 3
Explores the connections between economics and national security from three angles. First, does economic interdependence between nation-states foster a peaceful world, as liberals argue, or does it increase the likelihood of war, as realists contend? Second, what are the economic causes of the rise and decline of great powers? Third, what are the economic roots of great power imperialism against smaller states? Prerequisite: One course in international relations, history, or economics.
PLIR 4990: Honors Core Seminar in International Relations
Credits: 9
A critical analysis of important issues and works in political theory from diverse perspectives. Students are required to write weekly analytical essays and actively participate in small seminar discussions on issues including: theories of common good, economic justice, toleration and free society, and radical criticism. Prerequisite: Admission to Politics Honors Program.
PLIR 5993: Selected Problems in International Relations
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLIR 7080: Military Force in International Relations
Credits: 3
Examines the threat and use of military force in international relations. Surveys the conceptual and theoretical literature on the subject; evaluates leading theories in light of historical experience; and explores a variety of factors that have traditionally conditioned the use of force, including ethical considerations, international law and organizations, the policy-making process, and public opinion.
PLIR 8639: Advanced Topics in International Relations Theory
Credits: 3
Examines key issues in modern international relations theory, including offense versus realism, the formation of alliances, the role of institutions, the factors influencing trade policy, recent psychological approaches, and the role of ideas and norms. Prerequisite: PLIR 7000 or equivalent.