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
WAR IN FILM AND LITERATURE
Explores core questions about war through novels, memoirs, and films, such as “To what extent can combat experience be conveyed through words and images?” “What myths do societies create about war?” “How can literature and film perpetuate or contest such myths?” “Why do people sacrifice in the name of an abstract entity such as ‘the nation’ with which they identify?” “How does another group become ‘the enemy’?” “What accounts for the attraction that war holds for many people?”
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.
WAR IN PRE-MODERN SOCIETY
This course examines how and why warfare effected western societies. It will look at the traditional components of military history but will also examine the wider issues concerning the way warfare has influenced politics, social arrangements, economics, and technology.
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.
ART AND SOCIETY
This course explores the ways that social and political conditions and demands affect artist's aesthetic choices. Although many of the examples discussed in class are drawn form the visual art, other art forms such as literature, drama, music, and dance are included as appropriate. The class will examine thematic topics through history such as art and social protest, art in the service of governments, and commercial art. It also looks at issues of controversy in contemporary art worlds as they affect artistic production.
Anwar Al Sadat, President Jimmy Carter,
The clash between Jewish Zionists and the Arab peoples of Palestine and surrounding countries has been a focal point of world politics for roughly the last 100 years. It has involved six wars, as well as near-continual violence short of outright war. This course is designed to make the major issues comprehensible and to enable students to begin to form their own assessments of what is needed for a just and lasting resolution.
Through readings, films, discussion, and simulation exercises, the class explores the political, social, economic, psychological, and cultural dynamics of the conflict, as well as questions such as why the conflict has proven so difficult to resolve, how the conflict resembles and differs from other cases of protracted conflict between ethnic and national groups, and what factors have motivated U.S. policy toward the conflict.
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)
208: Racial And Ethnic Groups
209: Social Stratification
215: Mass Media and Society
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
303: Violence in American Society
308: Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation
347: War in Modern Society
351: U.S. Foreign Relations to World War I
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
381W: Art and Politics
387: Native American History
418W: Conflict Management
435: South African Politics and Society
436: International Conflict: Mediation and Negotiation
446W: 20th-Century Russia: Romanovs to Putin
449: War and Peace in Christian Perspective
450W: The Cold War
461W: African American History: Multiple Voices
465W: Reform in America
482W: Inter-American Relations
485W: China in Revolution
488W: China & the West