Dr. Christi Siver

Associate Professor of Political Science. Master's degree in International Relations and International Economics at The John's Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Ph. D. in political science at the University of Washington in August 2009.


S. Mary Grell Teacher of Distinction Award - May 2014

Alcuin and Clemens Library Information Literacy Award - May 2014

SJU Office: Simons 152
(320) 363-2250

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Fall 2018 Courses

POLS 121 - Intro to International Relations

POLS 358B - Ethics in War (Cross-listed with ETHS 390)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:10am-12:30pm                     SIMNS-G40                        

If General Sherman was right that "war is hell," the concept of ethics seems completely irrelevant.  However, as human society has evolved, numerous politicians, philosophers, and religious figures have agreed on the need for an ethics in war, even if they have not agreed on the content of those ethics.  Students will be introduced to formal ethical frameworks and discover the dilemmas they encounter when applying these frameworks to real world situations.  Students will compare how these ethical frameworks overlap and diverge from political values.  We will debate particular dilemmas in warfare, including which authorities can declare war and when they are justified in doing so, what methods can be used in war, and what obligations both combatants and non-combatants have.  Students will work with a basic ethics text supplemented by contemporary articles outlining modern dilemmas related to ethics of war.

POLS 364 - Senior Research Seminar (IR section)