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Curriculum

IPCR prepares students to participate creatively in peacebuilding in conflict and post-conflict societies. Our students are challenged to probe philosophical thought and the cultural basis of belief systems and existing theories, be they psychological, social, political, religious, economic, or communication theories. The rigorous academic curriculum helps our students to develop critical thinking and analytical skills as well as alternative methodologies for research. The cutting-edge research and professional engagement of faculty members encourages students to think about and develop new models for an unfolding society and to link theory with practice. The curriculum also trains students to shape policy and social structures.

 The main themes explored in the courses include:

  • Contending theories of conflict, the causes of war, organized violence and the conditions for peace, their basic assumptions, and their relationship to present global policies, structures, and events.
  • Alternative approaches to peacemaking, their basic assumptions and methodologies, and their application to current conflict situations.
  • The role of culture and cross-cultural communication in conflict situations, conflict resolution, international negotiations, realization of human rights, and the role of identity labels such as gender, race, ethnicity and their role in conflict dynamics and conflict resolution. Development of skills in critical analysis and conflict resolution alternatives.
  • Values and ethics embedded in different religious traditions as well as ways of fostering reconciliation and coexistence.

For a detailed checklist of course options and requirements, please view the IPCR Academic Advising Worksheet.

For information about concentrations in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, click here.

IPCR Core Courses

Peace Paradigms (SIS 607)

This course examines the history and development of contending approaches to peace, their basic assumptions and methodologies, and their application to current conflict situations, with particular emphasis upon the following: peace through coercive power; peace through nonviolence; peace through world order; and peace through personal and community transformation.

Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SIS 609)

This course explores conflict resolution as a field of inquiry and research; perspectives, theories, and assumptions underlying conflict analysis and conflict resolution; and contending approaches to conflict resolution training and practice. A case analysis approach is used to examine the role of contemporary issues in conflict situations.

Culture, Peace and Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence (SIS 606)

This course examines the complex role of culture in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Historically grounded conceptualizations of culture are reviewed in terms of their international relations application. The course identifies core patterns of cultural differences in values and beliefs, interpretive frames, and behaviors that impact on peacebuilding and conflict resolution efforts. Also examines specific conflict intervention approaches in terms of their cross-cultural applicability.

Elective Courses in IPCR

Below you will find the elective course list for fall 2015. For course descriptions, please click on the course name.

  • Post-War Peacebuilding (SIS 619)
  • Human Rights and Conflict (SIS 619)
  • Youth and Conflict (SIS 619)
  • Peacebuilding in Africa (SIS 619)
  • Complex Intervention and Peacebuilding (SIS 619)
  • Environment, Peace and Conflict (SIS 619)
  • Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding (SIS 619)
  • Human Rights in the Middle East (SIS 619)
  • Negotiation Analysis and Skills (SIS 619)
  • Economics of Violence and Peace (SIS 619)