Subject: Interdisciplinary Studies
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Arts and Science Dean's Office


What is peace? What is justice? What are the causes that lead to violent conflict, what strategies can bring violent conflict to an end, and what conditions promote human flourishing? This course introduces students to the various ways scholars and activists define peace and the challenges they face in securing peace. The course surveys the major causes of direct and structural violence; the various definitions of “peace” and the conditions under which it is achieved and sustained; and the comparative success of various strategies to promote nonviolent social change. Because peace studies is an interdisciplinary field, the course will draw widely on sources from the humanities and social sciences. And because peace studies is a praxis-oriented field, students will also be asked to reflect on both applications of theory to current global and local events as well as on their own practices of community engagement.

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