- Dr. Polly Walker, Director - ext. 3461
- Professor Celia Cook-Huffman - ext. 3465
The Peace and Conflict Studies Program is directed and supported by The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. The Program is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the human problems of war and deeply rooted conflict, and peace as a human potential. Courses in the PACS program systematically explore how and why humans resort to violence to resolve conflicts, and examines how peace and cooperation might be institutionalized through peacebuilding, conflict transformation and the study of human behavior and social institutions.
Special programs, facilities, or equipment:
- The Oller Center for Peace and International Programs provides seminar and meeting rooms for PACS students and houses special library and multimedia collections related to war, peace and conflict resolution.
- Support is available for PACS students to attend special conferences and training workshops related to peace and conflict studies.
- The program supports a rich array of visiting speakers and practitioners. Past speakers have included ambassadors, heads of state, Nobel Peace Prize winners, admirals, generals, activists, revolutionaries, and victims of war. Arrangements are made for PACS students to have personal discussions with visitors to the program.
- Select PACS students have an opportunity to serve with faculty, staff and trustees on the Baker Institute Advisory Board, where they have an equal voice in planning program activities.
- Students have opportunities to work directly as mediators and/or trainers in community conflict situations.
Programs of Emphasis:
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Communication and Conflict Resolution
Examples of Individualized Programs of Emphasis:
- World Politics and Conflict Studies
- Peace and Environmental Studies
- Social Conflict Studies
- Political Peace Making
- International Conflict Resolution
- Requirements: PACS 105, PACS 110, plus at least 12 credits selected from PACS courses.
- Women and Gender Studies
- Special internships are available for PACS students, both in USA and abroad. Some organizations with which PACS students have interned include: The United Nations NGO Committee on Disarmament; The Committee on East West Accord; Bread for the World; The Washington Center for Research on Women and The American Friends Service Committee..
- Funds are available to support student-initiated research, especially in relation to the Senior Thesis. Previously, students have done research in New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, India, Ireland, several countries in Central and South America, Bosnia, Sri Lanka and Rwanda
PACS-105 Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; S) A survey of the field of conflict, this course explores the causes and consequences of social conflict. Theory and case studies are used to understand interpersonal disputes, the intricacies of groups in conflict and international issues and crisis. Emphasis is given to understanding the basic theoretical concepts of the field and developing basic conflict resolving skills.
PACS-108 Mediation (Either Semester; Yearly; 1.00-3.00 Credits; S) Students learn the basic model of interest-based mediation and the theoretical framework that guides its use. Role-plays and simulations will be used to prepare students to serve as mediators in a variety of contexts. Students will be trained to use a co-mediation model to resolve interpersonal and small group conflicts. There will be Saturday and Sunday meeting times 9 am-5 pm. There are 3 weekends. You will enroll for 1 weekend if you take 1 credit, 2 weekends if you do 2 credits and 3 if you take 3 credits. Homework assignments will be completed online.
PACS-110 Introduction to Peace & Conflict Studies (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; I) A survey of the literature, issues and people that make up the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. The course looks at the theory, language, and methodologies that have developed around the academic inquiry into war and deep-rooted conflict as human problems and peace as a human potential.
PACS-199 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer topics not normally taught. Prerequisites vary by title.
PACS-205 Conflict Intervention (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; S) The course explores the roles third parties play in managing and resolving conflicts. Students become familiar with both the central components of intervention design and the nature and structure of third party roles ranging from managers as mediators to conflict intervention in community disputes, or third party intervention in international disputes. The focusing questions of the course center on issues of how and when third parties can effectively and ethically intervene in conflicts. Research, case studies, and simulations are used to explore the answers of these questions and to increase students understanding of how third parties affect the course of conflict. Prerequisites: PACS105 or PACS108.
PACS-299 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) An examination of an area of study not regularly included in departmental offerings. Prerequisites vary with topics.
PACS-305 Gender and Conflict (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; S,I,CW) Examines how an understanding of gender issues is critical to understanding, assessing, and effectively addressing many conflicts. The course takes an interdisciplinary look at conflicts ranging from the differing experiences of women and men in conflict to interconnections between masculinity, femininity, security and warfare. An analysis of the ways in which gender issues cause and escalate conflicts is paired with discussions of how to address, challenge, wage and/or resolve gendered conflicts. Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing.
PACS-308 Nonviolence: Theory & Practice (Either Semester; Variable; 3.00 Credits; S,H,CW) A study of the theory and practice of non-violence, this course explores both the theoretical development of nonviolence and the use of nonviolence as a means for waging and resolving conflict. The course explores nonviolence theory as it applies to issues of social change, alternative defense, and personal transformation, using writings from political, sociological, feminist, religious and philosophical perspectives. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing recommended.
PACS-399 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.
PACS-405 Conflict Transformation (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; S,I,CW) This is the Capstone course for students with PACS in their POE. The course explores the possibilities for achieving justice, reconciliation, and sustainable peace in societies where protracted ethnic and political conflicts have had a devastating impact. The course examines the root causes of such conflict with a particular focus on how the practices of peace building and conflict transformation seek to mobilize people and resources to transform unjust structures and relationships. Prerequisites: Senior standing, with a primary or secondary emphasis on PACS (or PACS as a strand of an individualized POE), or permission of the instructor.
PACS-455 PACS Honors Thesis I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00-6.00 Credits; H) Designed to serve as a course for students who emphasize PACS in their POE. The student will produce a major research paper that examines in depth a topic, theme, issue, or problem that has served as an area of special interest for the student throughout the previous two years of study. Prerequisite: Senior standing, PACS105 and PACS110 and a minimum of 4 200+ level PACS courses.
PACS-455B PACS Honors Thesis II (Spring; Yearly; 3.00-6.00 Credits; S) Designed to serve as a capstone for students who emphasize PACS in their POE. The student will be expected to produce a major research paper that examines in depth a topic, theme, issue, or problem that has served as an area of special interest for the student throughout the previous two years of study. Prerequisite is Senior standing. PACS105 and PACS110 and a minimum of 4 200+ level PACS courses.
PACS-490 Peace & Conflict Studies Internship (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00-9.00 Credits; I) An opportunity which requires students to relate theory and practice to a working environment and to reflect upon that experience. Corequisite: PACS 495. Prerequisite: Permission and Jr. or Sr. Standing.
PACS-495 PACS Intern.Res.Sem. (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00-6.00 Credits; I) Requires students to reflect on the internship experience and/or pursue research related to the placement. Prerequisite: PACS110 and permission. Corequisite: PACS490.