INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-639
Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international conflict resolution field, focusing on conflict resolution and reconciliation, mediation, interviewing, negotiation, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-639
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Art and Post-War Healing

The humanities are a rich, if an inexplicably muted color in the peacebuilding palette. Revealing a traumatic experience induces feelings of shame as well as a threat to self-survival. This course examines forms of self-expression that can help to restore self-stability and proceeds on the assumption that individual healing is one good path to community recovery and resilience. Students are exposed to various arts-based healing techniques and learn about the current practices in the use of the arts for post-conflict healing, as well as the effects of traumatic events on the body and mind and strategies for practitioner self-care.

SIS-639
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Nonviolent Action in the Middle East

The Arab Spring began largely as nonviolent movements. It produced nonviolent transitions in some Arab countries but moved toward military confrontation in others. This course studies the reasons for the divergent paths of these movements and looks at how nonviolent action seeks to engage the population in a quest for freedom and survival and basic human rights. Students learn how nonviolent movements can impact misunderstanding between East and West, address the role of religion, politics, and culture in these movements, and examine one case, the Palestinian Intifada, in detail.

SIS-639
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Project Planning, Peace, and Security

This course leads students through a police capacity-building exercise that balances institutional development with operational capacities. Students gain the ability to plan large-scale projects aimed at assisting security forces in a typical weak state facing violent extremism. Students learn how to simultaneously address the challenges of developing basic operational skills, doctrines emphasizing citizenship amidst extremism, human rights and accountability, effective cooperation with the justice system, and institutionalizing policies and procedures. Students gain experience planning for large-scale projects, identifying realistic opportunities for sustainable change.

SIS-639
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Mediating History

Competing interpretations of history play a central role in many inter-state and intra-state conflicts today. Conflict resolution practitioners, however, do not always possess the skills necessary for addressing history directly and constructively. Drawing upon recent studies in collective memory, critical historiography and discourse analysis, as well as the extensive experience of working with historical narratives in conflict settings, the course introduces the participants to practical methods that help transform the role of history from one that perpetuates conflict into one that helps resolve it through building better understanding of the conflict dynamics, mutual identity needs and alternative ways forward.

SIS-639
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Media Relations in Conflict Zones

Students learn to develop productive media relationships and understand the role of public affairs during overseas humanitarian, reconstruction, and peace-building interventions. Students also learn how to recognize a communication crisis and prepare for crisis and reputation management. The course also covers management of press conferences from planning to execution, delivering effective responses, and methods to ensure mutually beneficial exchanges of information between organizations and the media.

SIS-639
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Nonviolent Action

This participatory skills-based course is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on nonviolent, civilian-based movements and campaigns that defend and obtain basic rights and justice around the world - from Zimbabwe to West Papua, Mexico to China, and throughout the Middle East-North Africa region. Those who participate in this course are able to define civil resistance; debate the role of civil resistance in generating political, social, and economic change; list several nonviolent, civil resistance movements throughout history; identify and apply strategic principles that help civil resistance movements succeed; analyze conflicts from an nonviolent conflict perspective; and experiment with different theories of power, violence, and nonviolence.