2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 06, 2023  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSTD 289 - Advanced Topics in Peace Studies:Peace Building, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution

The purpose of this capstone course is to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and reflect on theoretical and practical aspects of peace building, mediation and conflict resolution. These aspects are explored at interpersonal, local and international levels.  The course involves lectures, visits, and closely working with organizations involved in peace building related activities.   It will provide an opportunity to conduct independent research on a Peace Studies theme and area selected by the student so that s/he integrates the linkages between the themes, areas, and disciplinary foci of study.  The specific focuses and format of the course will vary according to interests of the faculty and availability of field resources. May be repeatable for credit.

Spring 2015 Topic: The Abolition of Violence.
Is it possible to abolish violence? For centuries, activists have worked to abolish many forms of violence, including dueling, slavery, prostitution, and war. In this seminar, we will study the theories and methods used by historical and contemporary movements to abolish different types of oppression and violence. How do activists go about transforming conflicts and building peace at the interpersonal, local, regional, and transnational levels? What skills do peacebuilders need in order to be effective? What kinds of ethical dilemmas do we face? In addition to examining historical case studies, each student will interview practitioners in order to conduct research on an existing anti-violence movement.  

Prerequisites: PSTD 101  

Anticipated Terms Offered: Annually