Fall 2014 Information


TUES/THURS 12:45pm-2:05pm SIMNS-G30 Dr. Jeff Anderson

MWF 9:10am-10:05am SIMNS-G30 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 AESTHETI/VIOL/NON-VIOL (HM) Cross-listed with PHIL 356

TUES/THURS 12:45pm-2:05pm QUAD-361 Dr. Rene McGraw

Philosophers have long been impressed by the way that the fine arts can reach people directly, often in a way that much intellectual speculation never achieves. A painting like Goya's 3 mai 1808 touches a person in ways that no amount of speculation about it can match. A description of the death of Prince Andrew makes a person question war in Tolstoy's great novel. The World War I English and Welsh poets touch a nerve of [which awakens a feeling of] horror at the sadness and waste of war. Why? What is it that can make a great work of art move us? What makes a great work of art in the first place? What of "message" artistic pieces? We will use Mikel Dufrenne's book, The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience as a basic text, along with Martin Heidegger's essay, The Origin of the Work of Art.


TUES/THURS 11:10am-12:30pm QUAD-341 Dr. Jeff Anderson

This course explores the efforts of nation-states to collectively deal with global environmental problems, identifies alternatives to the nation-state (e.g. environmental NGOs), and studies domestic political movements to protect the environment.  As a historically-rooted endeavor, this course examines how global environmental action has emerged as a result of increased international cooperation, newly available scientific information, ambivalence about the success of development, and changing attitudes regarding our responsibility to nature.  Through the application of social science concepts such as the "tragedy of the commons," collective action theory, and regime formation theory, students will attempt to devise public policy solutions for global environmental issues. Many global environmental effects are felt most strongly in the developing world and these countries' experiences have given rise to many of the most potent critiques of modernization and development theory, both of which contribute to the course emphasis on areas outside of Western Europe and the United States. Alternate years.


TUES/THURS 1:05pm-2:25pm HAB-120 Dr. Ron Pagnucco

From the Book of Exodus to the Hebrew prophets and the New Testament, one finds the utopian vision of a just, peaceful and reconciled world, summarized in the biblical term "shalom." Through the study of biblical texts and contemporary writings, we will explore the Judeo-Christian tradition's vision of justice, peace and reconciliation. Through the analysis of case studies we will explore how individuals, organizations and communities in the tradition are working to bring about shalom in various parts of the world through such means as nonviolent action, the defense of human rights, methods to conflict resolution and transformation, and efforts for peacebuilding and reconciliation.

PCST 368K MASCULINITIES: WAR & PEACE Cross-listed with GEND 360G

TUES/THURS 9:35am-10:55am SIMNS-G30 Dr. Kelly Kraemer

In this course we will examine the multiple definitions and constructions of masculine identity that emerge from human experiences with war and peace. We will examine the Warrior as the archetype of masculinity, discuss alternative conceptions of masculine identity, and explore ways of rethinking masculinity to help build cultures of peace. We will also take a look at some of the complex interconnections between masculinities, gender, sex, and nationality.


TUES/THURS 2:40pm-4:00pm HAB-120 Dr. Ron Pagnucco

We will begin with a general introduction to the history of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). then will see where large-scale conflicts and civil wars have occurred in post-colonial SSA, and explore what role such factors as resources, economics, ethnicity, gender, political institutions, environment and religion might play in these conflicts and their resolution. We also will discuss peacebuilding, transitional justice and reconciliation projects, and the challenges of democratization, human rights, development and globalization. After our overview of these topics we willoncase studies:Liberia and Sierra Leone; Somalia; Kenya; and Sudan/South Sudan. Our readings primarily will be social science texts but also will include some fiction and documentaries.