Peace and Justice Studies (PAX)

Course meets General Education Aims Curriculum Requirement(s) in specified area(s).



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.

Aim 15 Social Justice



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.



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.



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.



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 General Education Aims Curriculum Requirement(s) in specified area(s).