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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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.

PJCR 100

INTRODUCTION TO PEACE, JUSTICE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm XThe 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

PJCR 217

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

A study of sociological theories of social movements; an exploration of contemporary examples. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

PJCR 222

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.

PJCR 254

THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST

A study of the modern Near East with concentration upon the conflict between imperialism and nationalism, traditionalism and western influences in the area.

x-listings: IR 253, HIST 254

PJCR 264

RELIGION & GLOBAL CONFLICT

This course offers a foundation in religious ethics related to conflict and its resolution. It explores the ways that religion can be a motivating force for both violence and peacebuilding. The course will examine the teachings of Christianity and Islam on the moral questions surrounding warfare, and it addresses major religions as well as indigenous traditional religious practices on post-conflict reconciliation, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. This class will look at present and past conflicts that involve Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, and India, as well as the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.

PJCR 349-350, 353-354

UNITED NATIONS

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.

PJCR 369

GENDER, CRIME AND JUSTICE

This course will examine the relationship between gender, crime and the criminal justice system. It will explore the social construction of gender roles and how the constructs of femininity and masculinity shape our ideas regarding crime, victimization and justice. The course will discuss the gender disparities in offending, victimization and criminal processing using sociological theories and empirical research. It will give special consideration to the intersections of race, ethnicity, social class and sexual orientation in understanding how women's experiences in the Criminal Justice System differ from men's. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

PJCR 413W

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.

PJCR 416

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.

PJCR 419W

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.

PJCR 455

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)

169: Reform and Revolution since 1900

201: Human Security in Africa

208: Racial And Ethnic Groups

209: Social Stratification

215: Sociology of Media

217: Social Movements

252: India, Pakistan, & Southern Asia

254: The History of the Modern Middle East

270: Anti-Semitism

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

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

387: Native American History

418W: Conflict Management

446W: 20th-Century Russia: Romanovs to Putin

449: War and Peace in Christian Perspective

450W: The Cold War

465W: Reform in America

482W: Inter-American Relations

485W: China in Revolution

488W: China & the West