Peace and Conflict

Course Number: PS 211
Transcript Title: Peace and Conflict
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Explores the causes and manifestations of violence in actions involving oneself, society, one's nation, and the global community. Considers alternatives to oppressive behavior, undemocratic institutions, and the violent resolution of conflict. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key theories relating to the origins of violence and conflict.
  2. Recognize and understand key theories relating to typologies of conflict.
  3. Summarize themajor debates concerning various approaches in the conflict resolution field, including: conflict prevention, management, resolution and transformation.
  4. Applypeace and conflict studies theory to real-life case-studies.
  5. Formulate and apply personal value judgments through written and verbal forms of communication, while demonstrating sensitivity and empathy for other people with differing points of view.
  6. Conceptually organize information while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible citizenship

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Not Addressed 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, discussion, group activities, service learning are some of the potential activities that instructors may use at their discretion in this course

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

After completing this course, the student should have a basic understanding of:

  • Concepts including "peace", "conflict", "violence", "nonviolence", "oppression", "democracy", and "justice" as these are manifest in different paths to peace and conflict resolution.
  • How different idea systems, economic systems, and socio-political realities help create, perpetuate, and/or resolve crises and conflicts on interpersonal, group, societal, international, and global levels.
  • Selected case studies illustrating the dynamics of conflict and providing opportunities for discussing alternatives to oppressive behavior, undemocratic institutions, and the violent resolution of conflict.
  • The relationship of personal behavior and lifestyle choices to crises and conflicts which took place in the past, continues into the present, and may or may not be transcended in the future.
  • How one's own values and actions impact what is seen as right and wrong, good and bad, and the prospects for a future to unfold that is more to one's liking.

Competencies and Skills

  • Write and communicate orally in a clear, organized, and effective manner.
  • Think critically about current public policy issues and analyze complex social and political realities.
  • Develop peacemaking strategies for effective intervention and de-escalation of conflict situations as well as peacebuilding strategies for long-term conflict resolution and reconciliation.
  • Use varied and effective research techniques and strategies.
  • Develop and refine group process skills, which may include listening, brainstorming, cooperating, negotiating, or otherwise communicating regarding shared tasks.
  • Develop an ability to listen to and empathize with diverse perspectives and experiences.
  • Integrate coursework with current events and trends through examination of popular media and various sources of news.
  • Develop and practice active citizenship skills.