PACS Core Courses
PACS 2500: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
Introduces the field of peace and conflict studies. Examines causes and dynamics of conflict and violence (interpersonal to global), peace institutions and research, peace movements, nonviolence, and careers in conflict resolution and peacemaking.
PACS 3800 / COMM 3000: Communication and Conflict Management
A "hands-on" skills course focusing on conflict styles, communication skills, negotiation, facilitation, mediation, arbitration, restorative justice and dialogue. Students will learn the theory behind the skills and will have lots of role-plays and "take home/real life" exercises to practice their new skills in real situations.
PACS 4500: Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies
Examines specific theoretical perspectives in peace and conflict studies and conducts in-depth research projects using a case-study approach. Emphasizes using critical thinking skills in writing and class discussion. Case study examples include: U.S. violence, peacemaking/keeping in ethnonationalist conflicts, environmental conflict resolution.
Prereq., PACS 2500 or instructor consent.
Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: critical thinking.