Peace & Conflict Studies

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46.445 Politics of Repression and Dissent Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36722
Status Active

A focus on the dark side of politics - political repression, including politically motivated imprisonment, torture, murder, and disappearance- and the struggle of critics to bring about change through non-violent and violent demonstrations, general strikes and armed resistance.

PCS.555-I Mediation: Theory and Practice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38200
Status Active

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution in which a neutral person helps two or more parties discuss their conflict, explore wants and needs, generate options, and reach and agreement. Mediation has become more prevalent over the past few decades in the courts, community-setting, and schools because it empowers the disputing parties to reach a resolution that works for them. This course introduces mediation in the context of other forms of alternative dispute resolution, teaches the principles and theory behind mediation, and trains students in the fundamentals of the mediation process. Interactive exercises and mediation role-plays will be used to provide experiential practice. Upon completion of the course, students will be connected to opportunities to practice mediation in the local courts or with community organizations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

PCS.125 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36942
Status Active

This course will focus on the causes of conflict, conflict resolution methods, and ways to sustain peace. The course will explain and define each of those areas. A mid-term will be administered to examine the students' grasp of the concepts and key terminology. The second part of the class will emphasize student participation and the application of concepts learned earlier in class. The final is a take home exam that will require the application of theory and praxis in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: For PCS Majors or Minors.

PCS.170 Community and Organizational Conflict Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36944
Status Active

Using a systems approach, students will move from interpersonal conflict to addressing conflict in groups. Students will explore the uniqueness of conflict in various kinds of groups and will examine models for assessment, analysis, process design, intervention, and evaluation in such situations of conflict. Using case studies and real life situations of group conflict and systemic injustice from families, organizations and communities, students will learn practical strategies for group facilitation, dialogue, problem solving, decision-making, and system change.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 43.329, 46.384, 48.352, PCS.125 and PCS.350

PCS.205 Restorative Justice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37755
Status Active

This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and practices of restorative justice as a method of building positive peace. Students will develop a working knowledge of the general theories of restorative justice, as well as practical hands-on experience with peacemaking circles. Traditional assumptions about justice and the adversarial legal process will be explored and challenged. The relationship between restorative justice, restorative practices, and other conflict resolution methods such as mediation will be discussed. Practical challenges in implementing restorative justice on the ground will also be examined.

PCS.420 Gender, Work and Peace Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37452
Status Active

"Gender, Work and Peace" will explore the relationship between human rights, gender and nonviolence in the 21st century. We will examine how current and future reality can be shaped by related policies, specifically those on the micro and macro level concerned with gender. Today we live in a period of global transition comparable to the period that followed the Industrial Revolution. It presents us with enormous challenges and opportunities regarding factors we will address in class: economic globalization, government restructuring, work-family balancing, environmental safety at work, gender inequalities and the connection between human rights and dignity at work.

PCS.453 Integrative Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37444
Status Active

The purpose of the integrative seminar is to assist students in developing a robust and mature understanding of the three PCS core questions as they relate to PCS coursework. With a strong evidence focus, students identify patterns, principles, questions, and dilemmas relevant to the core questions emerge from multiple courses they have taken within the PCS program. Students develop a reflective journal, a series of essays, a portfolio of their accumulated work, and a culminating portfolio presentation.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: PCS.125 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies; and Peace and Conflict Studies major or undeclared.

PCS.455 Mediation: Theory and Practice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38199
Status Active

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution in which a neutral person helps two or more parties discuss their conflict, explore wants and needs, generate options, and reach an agreement. Mediation has become more prevalent over the past few decades in the courts, community-setting, and schools because it empowers the disputing parties to reach a resolution that works for them. This course introduces mediation in the context of other forms of alternative dispute resolution, teaches the principles and theory behind mediation, and trains students in the fundamentals of the mediation process. Interactive exercises and mediation role-plays will be used to provide experiential practice. Upon completion of the course, students will be connected to opportunities to practice mediation in the local courts or with community organizations.

PCS.458 Peace and Conflict Field Experience Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37366
Status Active

A program of practical experience in the field of Peace and Conflict. Students can work in a variety of areas related to Peace and Conflict Studies. Students meet regularly as a class on campus with the designated instructor to discuss their experiences and to learn more about the settings in which they practice and the challenges that they confront.

PCS.473 Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37460
Status Active

Offered from time to time to highlight specialized areas of faculty interest and to acquaint the student with new developments from a broad range of theory and research and how these developments might affect the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

PCS.491 Directed Study Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37218
Status Active

Through frequent consultation with the instructor, the student carries out the investigation of a particularly specialized area of interest. This course may be repeated for up to a total of 9 credits.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: PCS.125 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies.

PCS.496 Practicum in Peace and Conflict Studies Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37217
Status Active

Specific requirements vary, but the Practicum experience enables Junior and Senior level students to work and study in a variety of areas related to Peace and Conflict Studies. Students meet regularly as a class on campus with the designated instructor to discuss their experiences and to learn more about the settings in which they practice and the challenges that they confront. Practicum may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: PCS.125 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies.