Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

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How does conflict arise and how can we best deal with it?

This course combines a study of some major theoretical perspectives with lab work practicing skills and disciplines associated with different traditions of conflict resolution, conflict transformation and peacemaking.

We will look at case studies at the intrapersonal and interpersonal through global levels and in a variety of cross-cultural settings. The goals of the course are to help each student: 1. develop the skills to better observe, analyse, participate in and reform practices and institutions that people use to deal with differences. 2. collaborate in teams in doing the research and planning needed to undertake such work effectively, and 3. collaborate in teams to train others in such skills. The formats of the class will alternate between lectures, discussions, films, role plays, group exercises, interviews with guest visitors, and other activities to practice skills and reflect on experiences.

Readings for the course will include: Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by Bruce M. Patton, William L. Ury, and Roger Fisher; Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, by John Paul Lederach; and a selection of other short texts. In “methods groups”, students will form teams that will study a method of dealing with differences (e.g. mediation, facilitation, non-violent direct action, meditation, nonverbal communication, gaming strategies, etc.) and offer the rest of the class a training session on this. Students will be evaluated on: 1. ways in which class their participation, homework, methods group trainings, personal training manual, and final reflective essay demonstrate progress on the three course goals, 2. the ways they make appropriate use of the theories and methods studied in the course, and 3. the clarity and effectiveness of their oral and written presentations.



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