Fall 2018 Course Offerings


Tuesday/Thursday                 11:10am-12:30pm      SIMNS-G30     Dr. Jeff Anderson

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:20am-11:15am      SIMNS-360      Dr. 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 345A AESTHETICS OF VIOLENCE & NON-VIOLENCE (HM designation)       (Cross-listed with PHIL 356)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday            10:20am-11:15am      QUAD-353       Fr. Rene McGraw

Art as manifested in literature, painting, sculpture, music and other media has a power to move people to experience the world in a new way. How does that shift in world view happen? Does art have the capacity to move us from violence to nonviolence or from nonviolence to violence? What does the language of the novel, of the poet, of the painter, of the musician do to create a new way of seeing the world? How does the imagination relate to beauty? Why are some portrayals of violence so beautiful? Is there an ethics that goes with art?


PCST 348 SOCIAL CHANGE                                                                                       (Cross-listed with SOCI 337N)

Tuesday/Thursday 1:05pm-2:25pm                          HAB-128B       Dr. Ron Pagnucco

How do social movements emerge and develop? How are they organized? What are the different strategies and tactics groups use for social change? Why are some social movements successful, while others fail to have an impact? This course will attempt to answer these and other key questions about social movements and social change by examining selected social movements in the U.S. and other countries. The course will also explore the globalization of social movements.


PCST 351 GENDER AND PEACE (Gender designation)

Tuesday/Thursday 9:35am-10:55am                        SIMNS-G40     Dr. Kelly Kraemer

This course will explore the connections between gender and peace in theory and practice, from micro-level gender violence to macro-level international conflicts. We will study theories relating gendered notions of human nature to violence and peace, to militarism and other forms of institutionalized violence, and to violence against women. Other topics may include the relationships between motherhood, fatherhood, and peace, along with theoretical and practical connections between feminism and nonviolence.


PCST 368G RELIGION, SOCIETY & POLITICS                                                               (Cross-listed with THEO 348)

Monday/Wednesday (extended-no Fridays) 2:10 pm-3:30 pm      HAB-128B       Dr. Ron Pagnucco

Recent developments in the United States and other parts of the world have led observers to look closely at religious groups, beliefs and activities concerning the state, society and sociopolitical issues like cultural diversity and war and peace. In this course we will examine the Judeo-Christian tradition and address such questions as: What is the relationship between religion and ethnicity and religion and nationalism? What is religious fundamentalism? How do various groups view their relationship with the state and the broader society? What kinds of social and political goals do religious groups have and how do they try and achieve them? We will try to answer these and other questions through the study of historical and sociological case studies and selected religious texts reflecting the range of belief and practice in the Judeo-Christian tradition.