17.582 Civil War

As taught in: Spring 2010

Children from the Sudan crouch on the ground playing with clay figures.

Children in the refugee camps of Darfur, Sudan confront their psychological scars using clay figures to depict an attack they witnessed. There has been an ongoing civil war in Darfur since 2003. (Image courtesy of the United States Congress.)




Prof. Roger Petersen

Course Features

Course Description

This course surveys the social science literature on civil war. Students will study the origins of civil war, discuss variables that affect the duration of civil war, and examine the termination of conflict. This course is highly interdisciplinary and covers a wide variety of cases.