Peace and Justice Studies (PAX)

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.

Peace and Justice Studies Program of Study

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PAX 110 – Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies 4cr

After an introduction to the peace philosophies of M. Gandhi, M.L. King, Jr., and others, this course examines the causes of conflict and peace and the roles of the United Nations and international law in resolving or containing conflicts and promoting weapon bans and nuclear disarmament treaties. Recent and current events and the work of some living peace promoters are also studied.

Language/Global Issues

PAX 230 – Freedom and Dissent 4cr

In this course, a survey of protest movements provides an introduction to the study of some contemporary writers (such as Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn), leaders, and movements for social/political change. Topics include uses of power and ideology, the media, human rights, sweatshops, free trade, the global economy, and models for change. Students are challenged to develop critical skills for social analysis and constructive change.

Social Science

PAX 239 – Lifestyles of Nonviolence 4cr

In this course, the ethics, ideologies, and methodologies of nonviolence are examined through the lives and writings of persons such as Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and others. Students analyze the theories, history, and practice of nonviolent social change as peaceful alternatives to destructive conflict. Students are encouraged to reflect on personal approaches to conflict and to develop peaceful, respectful alternatives.

Social Science

PAX 246 – Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement 4cr

This course covers the civil rights movement in the United States with a focus on Martin Luther King Jr.’s quest for social justice through non-violent means. Topics include King’s social movements, his envisioned “Beloved Community,” the struggle for workers’ rights and gender equality, as well as the role of the US Supreme Court and national legislation.

Social Science

PAX 281 – Humanitarian Law 2cr

This course deals with attempts to legally eliminate war or to at least make combatants conform to human rights standards. It covers the law that legitimizes and criminalizes war as well as human rights law in the context of armed conflict. Topics covered include humanitarian legal principles, the Nuremberg Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Genocide Convention, the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court.

PAX 320 – The Palestine Question 4cr

Hostility between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews has existed since the 1940s and has intensified since 1967. What are the rights and mutual responsibilities of these peoples? This study of the history and issues of the conflict explores answers to these questions and the prospects for a just peace.

Language/Global Issues

PAX 325 – Resolving Conflict Local and Global 4cr

Using insights from the social sciences and psychology, the nature of social conflict at personal, group, national, and international levels is studied to gain insights into the many causes of destructive conflicts and possible resolution methodologies. The nature of mediation, arbitration, and adjudication is examined and practiced. Insights gained at a theoretical level are applied to local and international conflicts in order to develop practical resolutions.

Language/Global Issues

PAX 326 – Human Rights 4cr

This course deals with the nature of human rights cross-culturally, focusing on the history and philosophies of the concept, its development, major human rights conventions, universalism versus cultural particularism, religion, gender, humanitarian intervention, self-determination, and the role of courts and international agencies in the promotion of human rights.

Language/Global Issues

PAX 327 – Environmental Justice: Peace or Conflict 4cr

This course deals with the differing ways that human societies historically have interacted with and impacted on their natural environments so as either to intensify inequality and conflict leading in some cases to war and extinction or to achieve long-term environmental justice and peace. Case studies of societies of varying sizes, levels of technology, geographical locations, and time periods are examined.

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.