The following courses are offered on a regular basis in the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Program. With the exception of the Introduction to Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution (PJCR 100), all courses are cross-listed with departmental offerings.
INTRODUCTION TO PEACE, JUSTICE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
The course investigates critical questions about justice, peace, and methods for the peaceful resolution of conflict. In particular, participants consider how social movements, using non-violent approaches, influence political and social institutions. They evaluate restorative and retributive approaches to justice, as well as and procedural versus distributive approaches. They consider the potential and the limitations of third-party intervention processes in conflict situations, including international ones. They reflect on approaches to conflict and negotiation in light of the ethical and political stakes involved.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
A study of sociological theories of social movements; an exploration of contemporary examples. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.
INTRODUCTION TO PEACE AND JUSTICE
An introduction to conceptual, practical, and spiritual dimensions of peace and justice. Peace and justice are treated as the by-products of intrapsychic, interpersonal, situational, organizational, regional, national, and global conflict.
THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
A study of the modern Near East with concentration upon the conflict between imperialism and nationalism, traditionalism and western influences in the area.
x-listings: IR 253, HIST 254
RELIGION & GLOBAL CONFLICT
This course offers a foundation in religious ethics related to conflict and its resolution. It explores the ways that religion can be a motivating force for both violence and peacebuilding. The course will examine the teachings of Christianity and Islam on the moral questions surrounding warfare, and it addresses major religions as well as indigenous traditional religious practices on post-conflict reconciliation, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. This class will look at present and past conflicts that involve Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, and India, as well as the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
PJCR 349-350, 353-354
Examines the processes and policies of the United Nations. Offers the opportunity to participate in local and national model United Nations conferences. Permission of instructor required.
GENDER, CRIME AND JUSTICE
This course will examine the relationship between gender, crime and the criminal justice system. It will explore the social construction of gender roles and how the constructs of femininity and masculinity shape our ideas regarding crime, victimization and justice. The course will discuss the gender disparities in offending, victimization and criminal processing using sociological theories and empirical research. It will give special consideration to the intersections of race, ethnicity, social class and sexual orientation in understanding how women's experiences in the Criminal Justice System differ from men's. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.
HUMAN RIGHTS: POLITICS AND POLICY
Intensive examination of the international human rights regime including philosophical sources; legal instruments; governmental and non state actors; and impacts on states and international order. Considers classic civil and political rights as well as emerging rights of children, minorities, and indigenous peoples. W=Writing Intensive Course.
MINORITIES AND PUBLIC POLICY
The historical evolution of American public policy toward minorities. This includes the legal/constitutional changes, migratory patterns, social institutions and political mobilization. Contemporary problems and issues are evaluated within this context.
ETHNIC CONFLICT: POLITICS AND POLICY
Ethnic conflict threatens political stability in countries around the world. From Iraq to Bolivia, from Spain to Indonesia, conflicts have erupted over a wide variety of "ethnic" issues in recent years. Yet despite its ubiquity, ethnic politics remains poorly understood: Why do people identify with ethnic groups? Why does ethnic identity sometimes lead to private ritual, sometimes to peaceful mobilization through mass movements or political parties, and sometimes to violent conflict, pogroms, and genocide? Most pressingly, are there solutions to ethnic conflict, particularly in deeply-divided, violence-ridden countries?
This course gives an overview of current theories of ethnic politics, covering ethnic identity formation, ethnic mobilization, and conflict reduction measures. While focusing on ethnic groups in the developing world, the course includes significant attention to the broader commonalities of ethnic politics and includes readings on ethnic politics in the developed world.
PSYCHOLOGY OF PEACE AND CONFLICT
This course examines theories of conflict and violence at interpersonal, intergroup, and international levels. Additionally, theories of peace, and attempts at conflict resolution, management, and control, will also be covered.
The following courses may also be taken for credit toward the PJCR minor:
103: Introduction To Criminal Justice
106: Social Problems And Social Policy
165: Clash of Civilizations: Islam, West, and the War on Terror (Core class)
167: Gandhi and the 20th Century (Core class)
169: Reform and Revolution since 1900
201: Human Security in Africa
208: Racial And Ethnic Groups
209: Social Stratification
215: Sociology of Media
217: Social Movements
252: India, Pakistan, & Southern Asia
254: The History of the Modern Middle East
275: Human Rights in Film (1 credit)
285: Issues of Social Justice in Visual Culture
293: History of Modern China
295: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
360: Crisis Management in Complex Emergencies
369: Race, Gender and Crime
370: Empire in Modern History
372: The Holocaust in Modern History
374: The Vietnam Era
376: Revolution: Modern Latin America
387: Native American History
418W: Conflict Management
446W: 20th-Century Russia: Romanovs to Putin
449: War and Peace in Christian Perspective
450W: The Cold War
465W: Reform in America
482W: Inter-American Relations
485W: China in Revolution
488W: China & the West