Fall 2015 Information

 

PCST 111  -  INTRO PEACE/CONFLICT STUDIES (SS)

TUES/THURS - 11:10 am-12:30 pm   - SIMNS-G30 - Dr. Jeff Anderson

MWF - 9:10 am-10:05 am  - SIMNS-G30 - Dr. Kelly Kraemer

Examination of the field of conflict (e.g., between individuals, groups and societies, within and between nations), the relationship of the roots of    conflict to social concepts of gender, and the resolution of conflict through such methods as direct action, mediation, arbitration, removal of the sources of conflict through economic, social and political development.

 

PCST 343 PHILOSOPHY OF VIOLENCE/NON-VIOLENCE (HM)           

(Cross-listed with PHIL 355)

MWF 12:40 pm-1:35 pm - QUAD 361 - Dr. Rene McGraw

This course looks at the way that the search for security and the claim to possession of absolute truth can lead to violence. The way of thinking involved in technology easily structures the world so that whatever does not fit into that framework is discounted and ignored and treated violently, as the philosopher Martin Heidegger shows. How does such an attitude lead to violence? Finally, the course will look at the nonviolent ethical response which the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas demands from the person who hears the call of the poor and the oppressed when they cry out against their oppression and poverty.

 

PCST 368E RACE, ETHNICITY & JUSTICE

TUES/THURS 9:35 am-10:55 am   SIMNS G10 - Dr. Kelly Kraemer

This course will examine race as a source of conflict and violence, nonviolent approaches to the transformation of race conflicts, and the meanings of justice and peace in racialized societies. We will study the    process of racialization, race formations, racism and its effects, white supremacy and white privilege, and anti-racist movements. We will use a variety of theoretical approaches, such as critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and multiculturalism, to analyze historical and contemporary race conflicts and race relations.