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. Grading: Pass/Fail only.

SIS-639
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

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
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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

Countering Violent Extremism

The theme of this Skills Institute is the use of policy and practice to counter violence extremism (CVE). The Institute seeks to define CVE and the scope of the challenge, identifying its global manifestations. Moreover, in many locations, violent extremism thrives due to the interdependence among organizations. Understanding these interconnections is important prior to a discussion about local, national, or international policies. Students examine the policy actions of the international community to facilitate countering violence extremism and seek to identify policies that are impacting the challenge in positive and negative ways. Given as this is a global challenge, policies from the United States, Europe, and countries in the Global South are discussed. Successful efforts at CVE are typically local. Students explore frameworks applied to diagnose the problem and review applications of programs in order to consider their successes and failures. These lessons learned and best practices inform an exercise to apply learning to designing countering violent extremism interventions.

SIS-639
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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

Peacebuilding Technology

In this course, students gain a broad awareness of technologies used in the peacebuilding field, as well as their practical applications. The course explores the concept of technology for peace and a variety of efforts that have helped to support the use of low-cost technologies in peacebuilding efforts. Students become well-versed in a range of tools used from the international to the local level to prevent and respond to the drivers of violent conflict. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using a selection of these technologies and develop a project proposal for an actual organization to implement one of these technologies in their work.

SIS-639
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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

Political Accommodation Methodology

How do people deal with political differences? This question is central to the effective running of any society, and it is especially important when societies experience violent conflicts and political change. Political Accommodation offers a powerful approach for how people can sort out their differences peacefully. Using practical examples from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria, the course describes how Political Accommodation methodology can be used to prevent and resolve violent conflict. Students learn what Political Accommodation means, what the methodology entails, and how to apply it in different contexts to work towards sustainable peace.

SIS-639
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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

SIS-639
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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

SIS-639
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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

Conducting Effective Dialogue

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the intergroup dialogue process - from conception to application to the challenges of evaluation. It focuses on convening dialogue around culture and identity to foster constructive social and institutional change. Students have an opportunity to clarify what dialogue is (and is not); to learn about designing a dialogue process; and to begin to acquire tools to hold safe and meaningful conversations around potentially divisive issues. Students are provided with a historical and theoretical framework for dialogue, but the emphasis is on skill development and practice, particularly on effective communication and facilitation.