JPST 250: Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies
This course explores major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relations to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studies are cultural difference, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war.
Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world government, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These proposals are considered in the light of theory, history and literature. Students apply those concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester-long research project.
This course is usually offered every semester. It fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.
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