POL*201*10 Description

Theories of Peace and Conflict

The course reviews theoretical and philosophical approaches to understanding and explaining conflict and peace, including theories of violence and nonviolence. The first half of the course addresses the causes of conflict at the individual, group, and systems level. We will also review modern thinking on the relationship between gender and conflict. The second half of the course addresses teh theoretical considerations of peace, including positive and negative peace, and the realization of peace through strength, negotiations, justice and personal transformation.