Kiss of Peace

Kiss of Peace, Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle, 1815-1879

Peace and Justice Studies Courses

PAX 110 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies -- 4cr. (offered most semesters) After introducing students to the causes of conflict and the conditions that have led to peace in human history, the course moves on to the nature of modern war and global efforts to reduce conflict in the nuclear age. Topics discussed will include the Cold War and the development of nuclear armament, regional conflicts, the changing nature of state and non-state initiated violence, and the nature and roles of interstate organizations, such as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, in the promotion of conflict prevention and resolution. Spiritual and political foundations of the peace studies field will also be surveyed. This course satisfies the Language/Global Issues course requirement.  Satisfies the Triad Education Language Global Issues course requirement.
PAX 199 Independent Study -- 1-4cr
PAX 230 Freedom and Dissent -- 4cr. A survey of protest movements provides an introduction to the study of some current writers, leaders, and movements for social change. Subjects include uses of power and ideology, the media, human rights, sweatshops, free trade and the global economy, and models for change. The work of Noam Chomsky is emphasized. Examples of the independent media and successful organizing projects are examined. Students are challenged to develop critical skills for social analysis and change. This course satisfies the Triad Education Social Science course requirement.
PAX 239 Lifestyles of Nonviolence -- 4cr. Focusing on the spiritual and ethical dimensions of both personal and social expressions of violence and nonviolence, this class will analyze the theory, history, and practice of nonviolent social change as an alternative to the use of the conflict. Nonviolent social movements in our own time and the lives and writings of such persons as Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. will be investigated. The study of society will be accomplished by personal considerations of life-style, using essays and class discussion to foster harmony within the life of the spirit. This course satisfies the Triad Education Social Science course requirement.

Peasants Sign Peace Petition

Peasants Sign Peace Petition, Chinese Poster, 1960s

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. This course satisfies the Triad Education Social Science course requirement.

PAX 281 Humanitarian Law --2 cr. The 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 290-298 Special Topics in Peace and Justice Studies -- 2-4cr In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Peace Studies. May be repeated for credit under different topics.
PAX 299 Independent Study -- 1-4cr.
PAX 320 The Palestine Question -- 4 cr. Why is hostility between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews so profound? To whom does the land called Palestine belong? This study of the history and issues of the conflict also explores the prospects for a just peace. The class will become a simulated peace conference during the final two weeks. This course satisfies the Triad Education Language/Global Issues course requirement.

PAX 325 Resolving Conflict Local and Global -- 4 cr. Using insights from sociology and psychology, the nature of social conflict at all levels--personal, group, and global--will be studied in order to gain insight into possible resolution. The roles of mediation, conflict transformation and restorative justice in their many dimensions will be investigated and practiced. Insights gained at a theoretical level will then be applied to international conflicts, and proposals for possible resolutions will be developed. The study concludes with attention to world order scenarios that might lead to a more peaceful future. This course satisfies the Triad Education Language Global Issues course requirement.

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, 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 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.

PAX 390-398 Special Topics in Peace and Justice Studies -- 2-4cr. In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Peace Studies. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

PAX 399 Independent Study -- 1-4cr.

PAX 490-498 Special Topics in Peace and Justice Studies -- 2-4cr. In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Peace Studies. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

PAX 499 Independent Study -- 1-4cr.

Eleanor Roosevelt holding Declaration of Human Rights poster in Spanish

Eleanor Roosevelt holding Declaration of Human Rights poster in Spanish, 1949

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