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Fall 2017 Information

PCST 111 INTRO TO PEACE and CONFLICT STUDIES

TR 11:10am-12:30pm                    SIMNS-G30                         Jeff Anderson

MWF 10:20am-11:15am               SIMNS-360                          Kelly Kraemer

Recognizing conflict as an inevitable part of the human condition, scholars in the field of peace studies seek answers to two fundamental questions: (1) Why do people use violence to settle conflicts? and (2) Are there effective nonviolent alternatives? This course surveys a broad range of issues in the field, from war to peace and from interpersonal to intergroup and international conflicts. Students will be introduced to foundational disciplinary concepts (such as negative peace, positive peace, structural violence, and restorative justice) and skills (such as mediation, negotiation, and nonviolent direct action).

 

PCST 343 PHILOSOPHIES OF VIOLENCE & NONVIOLENCE (Cross-listed with PHIL 355)

MWF 10:20am-11:15am               QUAD-361                          Rene McGraw

This course looks at the way that the search for security and the claim to possession of absolute truth can lead to violence. The way of thinking involved in technology easily structures the world so that whatever does not fit into that framework is discounted and ignored and treated violently, as the philosopher Martin Heidegger shows. How does such an attitude lead to violence? Finally, the course will look at the nonviolent ethical response which the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas demands from the person who hears the call of the poor and the oppressed when they cry out against their oppression and poverty.

PCST 352 RACE & RACISM IN THE U.S.

TR 11:10am-12:30pm                    PENGL-229                          Kelly Kraemer

This course will examine race and racism as sources of conflict and violence in the United States, along with nonviolent approaches to the transformation of race conflicts. We will examine the biology and social construction of race, the dynamics of white privilege, and the work of anti-racist and other race-related movements.

PCST 368E JUSTICE, PEACE & RECONCILIATION (Cross-listed with THEO 349D)

MW 2:10pm-3:30pm                      HAB-128B                           Ron Pagnucco

From the Book of Exodus to the Hebrew prophets and the New Testament, one finds the utopian vision of a just, peaceful and reconciled world, summarized in the biblical term “shalom.” Through the study of biblical texts and contemporary writings, we will explore the Judeo-Christian tradition’s vision of justice, peace and reconciliation. Through the analysis of case studies we will explore how individuals, organizations and communities in the tradition are working to bring about shalom in various parts of the world through such means as nonviolent action, the defense of human rights, methods to conflict resolution and transformation, and efforts for peacebuilding and reconciliation