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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
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.