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Peace and Conflict Studies

Marc Howard Ross, Coordinator

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow:
Alan Keenan

Tristan Mabry

Affiliated Faculty:
Clark McCauley, Psychology

The goal of the bi-college concentration is to help focus students’ coursework around specific areas of interest central to peace and conflict studies.

Concentration Requirements

The concentration is composed of a six-course cluster centering around conflict and cooperation within and between nations. Of these six courses, at least two and no more than three may be in the student’s major. The peace and conflict studies concentration draws upon the long-standing interest in war, conflict and peacemaking, and social justice, as well as questions associated with the fields of anthropology, economics, history, political science, social psychology and sociology. It draws on these fields for theoretical understandings of matters such as bargaining, internal causes of conflict, cooperative and competitive strategies of negotiation, intergroup relations and the role of institutions in conflict management

Students meet with the coordinator in the spring of their sophomore year to work out a plan for the concentration. All concentrators are required to take three core courses: the introductory course, General Programs 111a; either Political Science 206 or General Programs 322; and Political Science 347. It is advised that concentrators complete at least two of these three courses by the end of their junior year.

Students are required to take three additional courses chosen in consultation with the coordinator, working out a plan that focuses this second half of their concentration regionally, conceptually or around a particular substantive problem. These courses might include international conflict and resolution; ethnic conflict in general or in a specific region of the world (e.g., South Africa, the Middle East, Northern Ireland); a theoretical approach to the field, such as nonviolence, bargaining or game theory; an applied approach, such as reducing violence among youth, the arts and peacemaking, community mediation or labor relations.

Peace and Conflict Studies courses currently available at Bryn Mawr include:

111. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

A broad and interdisciplinary overview of the study of conflict management. Areas to be introduced will include interpersonal conflict and conflict management, alternative dispute resolution and the law, community conflict and mediation, organizational, intergroup and international conflict and conflict management. This course will also serve as a foundation course for students in or considering the peace studies concentration. (Mabry)

354. Identity, Ritual and Cultural Practices in Contemporary Vietnam

266. Schools in American Cities

200. European Expansion and Competition: History of Three Worlds

344. Development Ethics

Political Science
141. International Politics
206. Conflict and Conflict Management: A Cross-Cultural Approach
210. Human Rights, Conflict and Transitional Justice: No Justice, No Peace?
233. History, Politics and the Search for Security: Israel and the Palestinians
241. The Politics of International Law and Institutions
283. Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
316. The Politics of Ethnic, Racial and National Groups
347. Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
348. Culture and Ethnic Conflict

205. Social Inequality

Peace and Conflict Studies courses at Haverford include:

201a. Human Rights, Development and International Activism
234b. Violence, Terror and Trauma
257a. Political Anthropology
322b. Field Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies

General Programs
111a. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
322b. Field Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies

234b. Nationalism and Politics in the Balkans
240b. History and Principles of Quakerism

Political Science
141a. International Politics
232b. Peace Building: Reintegration, Reconciliation and Reconstruction
235a. African Politics
245a. The State System
249b. Human Rights and Global Politics
338a. Topics in Comparative Politics: Ethnic and Ideological Conflict

235b. Class, Race and Education

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