2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies


Students may complete a concentration in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies.

Advisory Faculty

Michael Allen, Political Science (on leave semester II)
Allison Cook-Sather, Education
Deborah Harrold, Political Science
Tamara Neuman, Anthropology
Clark R. McCauley, Jr., Psychology
Mary J. Osirim, Sociology (on leave, semester I)
Michael T.Rock, Economics (on leave, semester II)
Marc Howard Ross, Political Science (on leave semester I and II)

The Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies program reflects Bryn Mawr’s interest in the study of war and other conflicts, peacemaking, and social justice and enables students to explore these questions through courses in anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, social psychology, sociology and disciplines in the humanities in which these are important questions as well. The concentration offers students the opportunity to sustain a thematic focus across disciplinary boundaries and to enrich their major program in the process.

Students in the concentration can pursue a wide range of theoretical and substantive interests concerning questions such as: intra-state and international causes of conflict; cooperative and competitive strategies of negotiation and bargaining; intergroup relations and the role of culturally constituted institutions and practices in conflict management; social movements; protests and revolutions; the role of religion in social conflict and its mitigation; human rights and transitional justice in post-conflict societies; and social justice and identity questions arising from ethnic, religious and cultural diversity and the implications of these constructions for the distribution of material and symbolic resources in society as well as the practical capacities to engage individuals and groups across constructions of difference by linking practice and theory.

Students in the concentration are encouraged to explore alternative conceptions of peace and social justice in different cultural contexts and historical moments by emphasizing the connections between the intellectual scaffolding needed to analyze the construction of social identities and the social, political and economic implications of these constructions for the distribution of material and symbolic resources within and between societies and the challenges and opportunities to engage individuals and groups to move their communities and societies towards peace and social justice.

Concentration Requirements

Students who wish to take the concentration meet with a faculty advisor by the spring of their sophomore year to develop a plan of study. All concentrators are required to take three core courses: the introductory course, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies at Bryn Mawr or Introduction to Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights at Haverford, 200 level course (Conflict and Conflict Management, International Law, Politics of Humanitarianism, or Forgiveness, Mourning, and Mercy in Law and Politics), and either Advanced Issues in Peace, and Conflict Studies or complete a project involving community participation and reflection by participation in bi-semester meetings, attendance at lectures/workshops, and development of a portfolio in their junior and senior years. This constellation of this second option earns students a single credit that is awarded upon the successful completion of all components.

In addition, students are required to take three additional courses chosen in consultation with their advisor, 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; social justice, diversity and identity, ethnic conflict in general or in a specific region of the world (e.g. Southern Africa, the Middle East, Northern Ireland); a theoretical approach to the field, such as nonviolence, social justice movements, bargaining or game theory; an applied approach, such as reducing violence among youth, the arts and peacemaking, community mediation or a particular policy question such as immigration or bilingual education.

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

Fall 2010
ANTH B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800: Indians, Europeans, and Africans
ANTH B275 Cultures and Societies of the Middle East
ANTH B337 Colonial Formations
ANTH B382  Religious Fundamentalism in the Global Era
HIST B200    The Atlantic World 1492-1800: Indians, Europeans, and Africans
POLS B141   International Politics
POLS B211   Politics of Humanitarianism

Spring 2011
ANTH B111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
ANTH B347 Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
POLS B206   Conflict Management: A Cross-Cultural Approach
POLS B379   The United Nations and World Order
PSYC B358   Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict

Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies courses currently available at Haverford include:

Fall 2010
ICPR H301    Human Rights: Development and International Activism
PEAC H101 Introduction to Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
PEAC H202 Forgiveness, Mourning, and Mercy in Law and Politics
POLS H151 International Politics
POLS H235 African Politics
POLS H334 Politics of Violence

Spring 2011
HIST H208    Colonial Latin America
HIST H240    History and Principles of Quakerism
ICPR H281    Violence and Public Health
PEAC H201 Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
SOCL H235 Class, Race, and Education