Peace and Conflict studies

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 Dialogue Models | Dr. Derezotes

One of the characteristics of an educated person is that I can have a respectful dialogue with anyone, especially with people who have different beliefs, cultures, or backgrounds than myself. Since today we need leaders who know how to lead and participate in dialogue, perhaps more than ever, this class is designed to help begin to train such future dialogue participants and leaders.

In this class, participants will have the opportunity to not only study dialogue, but to practice difficult dialogues in the classroom. Martin Buber called dialogue the "confirmation of otherness". During the semester, students will first practice dialogue methods with each other. Then, we will invite guests into the classroom with whom we will practice dialogue. In previous years some of the groups that we invited into the classroom included the National Rifle Association, the campus GLBTQ association, the Muslim student association, the Minutemen, The Tea Party, and members of the Navajo and Ute tribes.


 Dr. Marouf Hasian | Genocide Studies

This 3-credit course is designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary scope of the Peace & Conflict Studies major.  Students majoring in P&CS will select elective courses concentrating on the following themes:

Conflict and Collaboration in Multiple Contexts

  • Dialogue and Diversity
  • Global Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Communication Process Skills
  • Social Activism
  • Global Security

The objective of this course is to introduce students to these 7 themes of the Peace & Conflict Studies and to assist them in choosing a particular focus for their major in 1 or 2 of the above themes.


 Mediation Course

This 3-credit course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to not only learn the theory of mediating conflicts, but to put their theoretical and conceptual understandings into practice.  Students will be given multiple opportunities throughout the semester to research, analyze, and mediate actual cases of conflicts that have been mediated in the past.  The file of case studies are masked to protect confidentiality and to protect identities of individuals, groups, organizations and institutions.

The objective of this course is to provide students with the experience of working with conflict cases and scenarios from start to finish.  How did the conflict surface?  What forces are at work driving and shaping the conflict?  Who are the actors?  Who has to be contacted?  When, and by whom?  What formats should the mediation(s) adhere to?  How should the mediation(s) be evaluated?

Resource materials include required texts, handbooks, guest lecturers, mediation modeling, audio and video recording and review, debriefing and coaching.

 Experiential/Performance Course

This 3-credit course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to be self-reflexive and self-implicative regarding their conversations, negotiations, mediations and dialogues.  Pivotal in any Peace & Conflict Studies work is communication; discourse is the process dimension of all such work.  Yet seldom if ever do students have an opportunity to listen to and study their own communication dynamics.  Too often peace-workers and conflict-resolvers, with the best of intentions, unknowingly make conflicts worse in their efforts to improve them.  This is because intention rarely translates into performance without practice and coaching.

The objective of this course is to give students the rare opportunity to study their own peace-making and conflict-resolution communication and to improve their awareness of and their effectiveness at resolving conflict and making peace in more subtle and nuanced ways.

Resource material includes required texts, audio and video recordings, de-briefing feedback, coaching models, and self-reports.


Last Updated: 2/15/17