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Fall 2016 Information


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

M/W/F              9:10 am- 10:05am          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 368G RELIGION, SOCIETY & POLITICS   (Cross-listed with THEO 348)

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

Recent developments in the United States and other parts of the world have led observers to look closely at religious groups' beliefs and activities concerning the state, society and sociopolitical issues like cultural diversity and war and peace. In this course we will examine the Judeo-Christian tradition and address such questions as: What is the relationship between religion and ethnicity and religion and nationalism? What is religious fundamentalism? How do various groups view their relationship with the state and the broader society? What kinds of social and political goals do religious groups have and how do they try and achieve them?


PCST 343 PHIL VIOLENCE/NONVIOL (HM)   (Cross-listed with PHIL 355)

M/W/F                   10:20am-11:15am         Fr. 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.



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

This course will explore the connections between gender and peace in theory and practice, from micro-level gender violence to macro-level international conflicts. We will study theories relating gendered notions of human nature to violence and peace, to militarism and other forms of institutionalized violence, and to violence against women.   Other topics may include the relationships between motherhood, fatherhood, and peace, along with theoretical and practical connections between feminism and nonviolence.



Wednesday nights     6:15PM -9:15pm     Dr. Ron Pagnucco

This course will focus on nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector in the United States. We will begin by looking broadly at the history and theories of the nonprofit sector and their role in civil society. Then we will look at the structures and activities of nonprofit organizations, including what is involved in operating a nonprofit, developing and evaluating programming, and finding resources. Two of the classes will be taught by an experienced grant writer on proposal development and grant writing. The course will also have guest speakers from Minnesota nonprofits.