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.