2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog

2008-2009 Catalog

Peace and Conflict Studies

Students may complete a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.


Marc Howard Ross, Political Science, Coordinator
Tamara Neuman, Visiting Assistant Professor (on leave semester I)

The goal of the Bi-College concentration is to present a range of social science theories and methods relevant to explaining human conflict and cooperation in settings ranging from local small communities to the international system.

Concentration Requirements

The concentration is composed of a six-course cluster centering around conflict and cooperation within and between nations. Of these six courses, 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 derived from work in 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, social, economic, and political sources of conflict, cooperative and competitive strategies of negotiation, intergroup relations, social justice, human rights, post-conflict peacemaking, 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, POLS 111 (offered as ICPR 111 at Haverford); either POLS 206 or ANTH 322; and POLS 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 problem, such as reducing violence among youth, minority-majority relations, the arts and peacemaking, community mediation, or post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation.

Peace and conflict studies courses currently available at Bryn Mawr include:

ANTH B111/POLS B111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
ANTH B200/HIST B200 The Atlantic World: Indians, Europeans, and Africans
ANTH B206/POLS B206 Conflict and Conflict Management: A Cross-cultural Approach
ANTH B235/POLS B235 Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
ANTH B347/POLS B347 Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Utopias, Dystopias, and Peace
HIST B126 Immigration and Ethnicity
POLS B141 Introduction to International Politics
POLS B316 The Politics of Ethnic, Racial, and National Groups
POLS B358/PSYCH B358 The Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict

Peace and conflict studies courses currently available at Haverford include:

ENGL H286 Arts of the Possible: Literature and Social Justice Movements
HIST H240 History and Principles of Quakerism
ICPR H111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
ICPR H281 Violence and Public Health
ICPR H301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism
ICPR H301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism
POLS H151 International Politics
POLS H235 African Politics
POLS H242 Women in War and Peace
POLS H256 The Evolution of the Jihadi Movement
POLS H357 Conflict in the Middle East
POLS H358 The War on Terrorism
SOCL H235 Class, Race, and Education

Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer