POLS 437 - International Security

  • 3 credits
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This course seeks to explore and debate competing ideas of security in the hopes of getting a deeper understanding of what is meant by international and global security in the 21st century. By the end of the course, the student will be able to identify and discuss traditional security threats as well as those that are more unique to the present day, examine competing strategies for dealing with these threats, and critically evaluate the successes and failures of past and present thinking about security. By the end of the course, the student will have a richer understanding of 21st century international politics and a means of navigating the important debates about what kind of world in which we want to live.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Human Security in a Borderless World (2011)
    Reveron, Derek S. and Mahoney-Norris, Kathleen A.
    ISBN: 978-0813344850
  • International Security: Problems and Solutions (2006)
    Morgan, Patrick M.
    ISBN: 978-1568025872


Eric Fattor


Originally from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, I have taught at Colorado State University (CSU) on and off since 2008. In the process of getting my Ph.D., I taught courses at University of Denver and University of Colorado. My current primary academic position is as Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies at Hendrix College in central Arkansas. The courses I've taught include International Politics, International Security, U.S. Foreign Policy, History of Political Thought, Contemporary Political Theory, and a handful of interdisciplinary courses that combine global politics, international political economy, and media studies. My research focuses on using multi-disciplinary approaches to study the dynamics of media, communications and "the spectacle" as forms of power and authority in global politics. My book American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014, while my current project uses ideas about media and society theorized by the French thinker and activist Guy Debord to understand the rise of groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL and their ability to resist the international community's effort to eliminate them.