Peace and Conflict Studies (PAX)

College of Arts and Humanities

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PAX 200. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature and causes of social conflict. The aim throughout is to find ways of avoiding destructive conflict, whether through negotiation or other means. The issue of justice as a factor in conflict receives special attention.
Gen Ed Attribute: Interdisciplinary Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

PAX 301. Global Perspectives in Peace and Justice. 3 Credits.

This course examines global issues of social justice, reconciliation, and peacemaking with an emphasis on post-colonial resistance, political violence, economic justice, ethnic conflicts, international human rights, and global environmental concerns. The course utilizes theories from Peace and Conflict Studies with an emphasis on post-colonial discourse, feminist theory, critical race theory, conflict transformation, and global peacemaking.
Gen Ed Attribute: Diversity Requirement, Interdisciplinary Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall.

PAX 315. Peace and Conflict Studies Travel Seminar. 3 Credits.

This seminar will be approximately three weeks in length and must include at least 10 days of travel. The travel will be an examination of social justice issues and/or conflict transformation work in a location that has experienced conflict. The focus of the seminar will be peace and conflict studies in theory and practice. The seminar will include a study of the social, cultural, and historical contexts of the location. Students will prepare for departure with assigned readings, films, and/or hands-on activities. The seminar will consist of historical site visits, lectures/interviews with local people, sessions with peace practitioners, readings, and discussions. Possible locations may include, among others: the U.S. South, the U.S. Southwest, Israel/Palestine, India, Korea, Germany, and South Africa.
Gen Ed Attribute: Interdisciplinary Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.
Repeatable for Credit.

PAX 345. Mediation and Conciliation. 3 Credits.

This is a course designed to place conflict transformation theory and management in to practice. The course will give students the skills they need to engage in community mediation. Students will spend the beginning of the semester learning basic theories and best practices in mediation. The remainder of the semester will allow students to practice the art of mediation through role plays. Students will get the experience of being a mediator and a disputant.
Pre / Co requisites: PAX 345 requires a prerequisite or corequisite of PAX 200 or permission of the department chair.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.

PAX 370. Israel, Palestine, Power and Peace. 3 Credits.

Hands-on learning about conflict strategy, negotiation, and non-violent resistance, in the context of in-depth study of the history, dynamics and prospects for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In an intensive workshop format, students conduct negotiations with each other, and strategize alternatives to negotiation, such as settlement-building, protests, blockade-running and war. Course includes significant readings, exercises using blogs and Twitter, a final paper -style resolution proposal. Includes a field trip to Washington, D.C. for briefings by experts on the contemporary course of the conflict.
Pre / Co requisites: PAX 370 requires prerequisite: PAX 200.

PAX 373. Conflict Transformation. 3 Credits.

This is a course designed with a focus on constructive change processes. Students will investigate and develop analytical frameworks for understanding conflict and violence. The course will provide strategies for violence prevention/reduction, conflict transformation, and post-conflict healing. Special attention will be given to the topics of interpersonal peacemaking and restorative justice.
Pre / Co requisites: PAX 373 requires 3 credits of a PAX, WOS, or PHI class or permission of the program chair.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.

PAX 377. Community Organizing: Strategies and Practice. 3 Credits.

This is a course that explores strategies and practice of organizing for social change. This course will study and engage social problems and the agencies (NGOs, non-profits, Not-for-profits, religious, and governmental) which deal with social problems through the strategic organizing. The course will examine the way social change occurs and how and why people organize with a focus on social, political, and economic justice and radical democracy. Students will be exposed to a variety of methods and practical strategies for nonviolent community organizing. While time is given to theory, this course will focus on the practice of social change and the development of practical skills for capacity building, strategic design, and organizing logistics.
Pre / Co requisites: PAX 377 requires a prerequisite of PAX 200, RUX 110, or YES 250.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Cross listed courses PAX 377, RUX 377.

PAX 400. Peace & Conflict Studies Seminar. 3 Credits.

This course is a capstone experience for Peace and Conflict Studies students to solidify and integrate their study of social justice, activism, international relations and negotiation and conflict theory with real world experience. Students will examine and review the various theoretical insights of the discipline, get hands on experience with conflict resolution in the real world, and integrate the insights gleaned from both practical and classroom learning into an overarching model of conflict management to be developed over the course of the semester.
Typically offered in Spring.