Spring 2015 information


Monday night                    PCST 399B Capstone - Building Peace                     Dr. Ron Pagnucco   HAB 120

This course enables senior peace studies majors and minors to begin integrating their academic experiences into a more comprehensive view of the field, while giving them the opportunity to work together to study an important problem that is central to the discipline.

Wednesday night            PCST 346 Mediation Conflict Resolution                 Dr. Ron Pagnucco    HAB 101

This course examines the nature of human conflict and the avenues for managing and resolving conflict nonviolently. It develops skills in conflict assessment, negotiation, and mediation. Intervention in disputes at the group, organizational, family and other levels are examined and practiced. The role of gender is given special emphasis. The theory and methods of nonviolent direct action against an opponent are studied.


8:20 am - 9:40 am            PCST 333 Theology Violence/Nonviolence            Dr. Jon Armajani   BAC A108

9:55 am - 11:15 am          POLS 333 Theology Violence/Nonviolence            Dr. Jon Armajani   BAC A108

This course will examine perspectives on violence and nonviolence as these appear in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, in the history of Christianity, in Christian encounters with other world faiths, and in contemporary theological ethics. We will place special emphasis on the diversity of theological positions on violence: thoughtful people of faith have espoused a wide range of positions, ranging from absolute pacifism to just war theory to the celebration of "redemptive violence." We will seek to understand each of these positions from the inside, as well as subjecting each to critical scrutiny. Students will have the opportunity to do "service learning" in an organization related to violence and nonviolence.

11:10 am-12:30 pm          PCST 349 International Law                                         Dr. Jeff Anderson   Simons G40  

International law and international organizations are instruments for creating, maintaining, and altering our world. In domestic law, members are able to define the character of their society and design and enforce laws accordingly. But, can this be done in international society? This course explores the potential and limitations of law between sovereign states and those organizations comprised of states to address the challenges our world faces. In addition, we will go beyond the nation‑state to explore the ways in which non‑state actors are playing greater roles in the shaping of global values. Select non‑governmental organizations (NGOs), including multi‑national corporations (MNCs), the Catholic Church, women's organizations, drug trafficking organizations, terrorist organizations, and international development organizations will be examined to augment the traditionally state‑centric focus of many international law and organization courses. 

12:45 pm - 2:05 pm          PCST 111 Intro to Peace & Conflict Studies                  Dr. Jeff Anderson   Simons G40

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).