Examine the application of spirituality to global politics, with particular emphasis on the ways in which modalities of faith and belief that transcend narrowly sectarian concerns promote peace and provide ways to respond to issues of poverty, the environment, and violence.
This course reviews a range of approaches to peace, the underlying assumptions and methods, and current applied examples within each approach. The course provides an overview of the history and development of five approaches to peace, which students analyze and compare: peace through force; peace through world order; peace through communication and conflict resolution; peace through nonviolence; and peace through transformation (personal and relational).
This course is premised on a comprehensive understanding of peace that explores local capacities for peacebuilding and sustainable development in a multitude of diverse cultural and religious contexts. It addresses the vital need to make active use of local peace resources and to pursue forms of local-international collaboration that sustainably yield locally valid and effective solutions, currently an emerging area in the field of conflict resolution. The course also develops practical frameworks and raises critical questions for identifying, eliciting, and tapping local resources to enhance capacity for local solutions to conflict.