2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    Nov 27, 2022  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Peace Studies Concentration


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Overview


Undergraduate Concentration


Peace studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that aims to understand the causes of armed conflict; develop ways to prevent and resolve war, genocide, terrorism, gross violations of human rights; and build peaceful and just systems and societies (see https://kroc.nd.edu/about-us/what-is-peace-studies/). Peace is defined as not only the absence of violence, but also the presence of the conditions that create sustainable peace, including social justice and human rights. The Peace Studies concentration encourages students to explore the individual, local, national, and international dimensions of peace and conflict. How can we transform conflicts in our society and worldwide so that they generate development and justice rather than oppression and destruction? When is nonviolent struggle effective? When is violence justified? Students will investigate these questions and develop skills to wage peace.

 

Undergraduates may concentrate in Peace Studies to complement any major. Students may also design a major in Peace Studies via the University’s self-designed major.

Peace studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that aims to understand the causes of armed conflict; develop ways to prevent and resolve war, genocide, terrorism, gross violations of human rights; and build peaceful and just systems and societies (see https://kroc.nd.edu/about-us/what-is-peace-studies/). Peace is defined as not only the absence of violence, but also the presence of the conditions that create sustainable peace, including social justice and human rights. The Peace Studies concentration encourages students to explore the individual, local, national, and international dimensions of peace and conflict. How can we transform conflicts in our society and worldwide so that they generate development and justice rather than oppression and destruction? When is nonviolent struggle effective? When is violence justified? Students will investigate these questions and develop skills to wage peace.

 

Undergraduates may concentrate in Peace Studies to complement any major. Students may also design a major in Peace Studies via the University’s self-designed major (https://www.clarku.edu/academics/undergraduate/programs/major/student-designed/). The concentration draws together the knowledge of several disciplines, including Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Development and Social Change, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Screen Studies, Sociology, and Theatre.

 

Course work, research and internships enable students to apply their theoretical understanding of the issues of peace and conflict to situations in the U.S. and worldwide.  Students who complete a concentration in Peace Studies are prepared to enter careers and graduate study in such fields as public policy, international development, labor relations, environment and ecology, and international relations, and to take an active role in shaping policies in the public sector and civil society (see also http://www.marquette.edu/explore/what-can-you-do-with-a-major-in-peace-studies.php).

 

For more information, please visit the Peace Studies Program’s website.  The concentration draws together the knowledge of several disciplines, including Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Development and Social Change, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Screen Studies, Sociology, and Theatre.

 

Course work, research and internships enable students to apply their theoretical understanding of the issues of peace and conflict to situations in the U.S. and worldwide.  Students who complete a concentration in Peace Studies are prepared to enter careers and graduate study in such fields as public policy, international development, labor relations, environment and ecology, and international relations, and to take an active role in shaping policies in the public sector and civil society (see also http://www.marquette.edu/explore/what-can-you-do-with-a-major-in-peace-studies.php).

 

For more information, please visit the Peace Studies Program’s website.

Requirements and Advising


For the Concentration in Peace Studies

Six courses are required for the concentration in Peace Studies: Introduction to Peace Studies, one course with a geographic focus, two courses with a macro-level focus, and two with a micro-level focus.  One of the macro or micro courses may be replaced with an independent study, internship or honors thesis.  Courses (not including Introduction to Peace Studies) must come from at least two different departments.

 

Checklist:

  • Intro to Peace Studies
  • Macro (2)
  • Micro (2)
  • Geographic focus (1)

 

When declaring the Peace Studies Concentration, students must choose an advisor. To do so, obtain a Concentration Declaration Form from the Registrar’s Office, which must then be signed by your prospective advisor (any of the four core faculty members listed below, or others by permission) or the Director of Peace Studies. You may change advisors at any time by requesting a change from the director.



For the Self-Designed Major in Peace Studies

Twelve courses are required for the self-designed major in Peace Studies: Introduction to Peace Studies, a theory course (providing a theoretical approach to peace and conflict, violence, and justice), a skills and/or methods course (equipping students with tools for conducting empirical research or applied, practical work in the field of peace and conflict), two courses addressing peace and conflict with a particular geographic focus (i.e., analyzing conflicts and/or social movements in a specific country or region; the two courses should be on different countries or regions), three courses addressing individual or community processes of peace and conflict (e.g., questions such as: How do individuals and groups experience and make sense of conflict and violence? What is the effect of violence and oppression on the individual and on groups? Why do people help others in times of conflict? How do local communities engage in resistance to violence and oppression, and build sustainable peace through bottom-up organizing?), three courses addressing national and transnational processes of peace and conflict (e.g., questions such as: Why do states go to war? Why do states and nonstate actors engage in terrorism and violence against civilians? How do states create lasting peace treaties? What is the role of institutions in preserving and shaping global peace?), and a capstone course, thesis or internship demonstrating the student’s ability to apply the knowledge acquired in this major to solving theoretical or practical issues related to peace and conflict. Courses need to be from at least three different departments (not including intro to peace studies).

In addition, students must meet the requirements of the self-designed major (http://clarku.edu/academics/undergraduate/programs/major/student-designed).   The committee should include at least one core faculty member of the Peace Studies concentration.

Checklist:

1.         Intro to Peace Studies (1)

2.         Theory (1)

3.         Skills and Methods (1)

4.         Geographic focus (2 different)

5.         Peace and Conflict Studies: individual and community (3)

6.         Peace and Conflict Studies: national and transnational (3)

7.         Thesis, internship or capstone (1)

 

More information may be obtained from the Peace Studies Office at CGRAS, first floor of Dana Commons.

 

Program Faculty

Core faculty:

Jude Fernando, Ph.D.

Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas, Ph.D.

Ora Szekely, Ph.D.

Johanna Ray Vollhardt, Ph.D.

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.

 

 

Courses


The following is a list of Clark’s peace-studies offerings. Students may petition the Peace Studies Committee to receive concentration credit for courses other than those listed below, including courses that are available through the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts.

Micro and Meso Level of Analysis: Individuals and Communities


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