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    Peace and conflict studies courses

    A peace and conflict studies minor offers students the opportunity to pursue peacemaking and conflict management in coordination with an academic major. This minor fits especially well with those who have participated in the cross-cultural term in Northern Ireland, though such participation is not required for the minor. The peace and conflict studies minor seeks to:

    1. provide a conceptual and theoretical background for peace and conflict studies;
    2. develop the concept of peace as a way of looking at and acting in the world and as a practical, realistic approach to contemporary issues and problems;
    3. develop awareness of the relevance of PCS to other academic disciplines; and
    4. prepare students to apply and model their knowledge of PCS in a variety of life situations.

    The peace studies coordinator will serve as a second adviser for students for the PCS minor and will oversee the students' completion of the minor as outlined above and in coordination with the major adviser.

    Minor (20-22 hours)
    Core: (9 hours)
    PCS 230 Theories of Peace and Conflict (3)
    PLS 272 Global Politics (3)
    REL 373 War, Peace and Nonviolence (3)

    Two of the following: (6 hours)
    PCS 301 Studies in International Conflict Resolution (3)
    CRJ 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
    EBA 382 Economic Development and the Environment
    PSY 258 Social Psychology (3)

    One of the following: (3 hours)
    ENG 180 Themes in Literature (3) (with appropriate theme)
    HIS 245 Regional and National Studies (3) (with appropriate theme)
    HIS 301 Studies in American History (3)
    HIS 302 Studies in European History (3)
    HIS 305 African American History (3)
    HIS 310 U.S. Women’s History (3)
    PLS 285 Comparative Politics (3)
    PLS 303 Studies in Political Science (3)

    Electives: (2-4 hours)
    In consultation with advisers, students will select one course that will broaden or deepen an understanding of peace and conflict studies as it applies to the student's particular interests.
    PCS 380 Project (3-4)
    PCS 405 Peacemaking Seminar (2)

    PCS 230 Theories of Peace and Conflict (3)
    Beginning with a nontechnical understanding and then drawing from writings and research in the social sciences, philosophy and biblical studies, this course will focus on a descriptive knowledge of the concepts of conflict and peace. Some attention will be given to the role of communicative interaction in particular social and organizational contexts. Offered alternate years.

    PCS 271 History of Northern Ireland and Background to the Troubles (3)
    This course covers Modern Irish History from 1800-1923. Class topics include Daniel O’Connell and his campaigns for Catholic Emancipation for Repeal of the Union; social, economic and demographic problems in pre-famine Ireland and the Great Famine and its impact on Irish society; emigration from Ireland in the course of the 19th century; the campaign for Home Rule under Butt, Parnell, Redmond and Dillon; and the land problem and its resolution and the end of landlordism; the Easter Rebellion and its political consequences. It focuses also upon the political issues and events out of which the Troubles arose in the l960s and early l970s. Also listed as HIS 271.

    PCS 301 International Conflict Resolution - A Case Study of Northern Ireland (3)
    This course uses the theoretical peace and conflict/ethnic studies literature to explore some of the key concepts used in this area of study. Session one examines the debates about how to define peace and introduces students to Galtung’s definitions of direct structural and cultural violence. Session two tries to define the concepts of ethnicity and nationalism, key terms in any study of inter-communal violence. Sessions three and four attempt to develop a structure of conflict that can aid in determining what types of intervention may work at particular stages of violence. Sessions five and six examine some innovative ideas in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and conflict transformation. The final sessions explore how different peace traditions approach the idea of conflict transformation. Four such traditions are identified: religion, liberalism, socialism, and feminism. Throughout this course, reference will be made to the Northern Ireland conflict as the key case study, but other cases of protracted ethnic conflict will be examined.

    PCS 380 Project (3-4)
    An upper-level project involving the application of peace and conflict studies to the student's major. The project may be an internship, a practicum or an independent study. If the student's major includes a field work or internship component or a seminar, this project could be a part of such an experience, on approval of the PCS adviser and the faculty member supervising the major course. Offered on demand.

    PCS 405 Peacemaking Seminar (2)
    This course will synthesize and integrate the student's work in peace and conflict studies through a variety of speakers, discussions and activities including a journal and a research project. Offered on demand.