Course Abstract Details

POLS-210, Peace Studies

Credits: 3

Course Description

POLS-210, Peace Studies, explores conflict and the possibility of its resolution into peace. Conflicts such as war, political and social oppression, interfaith dispute, violent crime, family abuse, and inner struggles all present obstacles to peace. A variety of disciplinary perspectives (including philosophy, religion, psychology, sociology, geography, art and literature) will be used to consider central themes: the nature of peace, the nature of conflict, causes and types of conflict, transforming conflict into peace, and techniques for peaceful resolution. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENG-097and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Also offered as PHIL-210; credit will not be given for both. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

1. Develop a deeper understanding of peace as it applies across a spectrum of personal, social, and political arenas. Expand your awareness of circumstances pertaining to peace and conflict in our contemporary world, with attention to their contributing factors, possible solutions, and connections to our lives. (G15-1, 2, 6, 7) (H16-1, 2, 3, 4, 5) (S17- 2, 4, 6)
2. Participate in class discussions of topical issues, maintaining a cooperative, respectful, and supportive environment. (G-1, 2, 7) (H-1, 2, 4) (S-2, 3, 4)
3. Demonstrate comprehension of key concepts, tenets, and arguments from assigned material, with awareness of the complexity and nuance within the views expressed in those readings. (G-1, 2) (H-1, 2, 3, 4) (S-2, 3, 4)
4. Recognize connections between assigned material and issues relevant to our lives today. (G-2, 6) (H-1, 2, 4, 5) (S-2, 4, 6) 5. Critically evaluate different philosophical perspectives, while exhibiting fairness and charity toward the views under consideration. (G-2) (H-1, 4) (S-3, 4)
6. Develop fair, reasoned, and insightful critiques of your own perspectives. (G-2) (H-2, 4, 5) (S-2, 3, 4)
7. Explore and evaluate ideas and techniques concerning transforming current or potential conflict into peace. (G-2, 5, 6, 7) (H-2, 4, 5) (S-2, 3, 4, 6)
8. Use philosophical activity as a way to explore issues pertaining to peace and to expand, challenge, and refine your views. (G-2, 5, 6, 7) (H-4, 5) (S-3, 4, 6)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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