2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies

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

Advisory Committee

Alison Cook-Sather, Mary Katherine Woodworth Chair and Professor in the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program and Director of Peace, Conflict and Social Justice Program
Marc Howard Ross, William Rand Keenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Bryn Mawr College
Laurie Cain Hart, Anthropology, Haverford College
Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Associate Professor of History, Chair and Junior Advisor, Bryn Mawr College
Clark McCauley, Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College
Barak Mendelsohn, Political Science, Haverford College
Susanna Wing, Associate Professor of Political Science, Haverford College

The Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies program reflects Bryn Mawr’s interest in the study of conflicts, peacemaking, and social justice and offers students the opportunity to design a course of study, to sustain a thematic focus across disciplinary boundaries, and to enrich their major program in the process. Students are encouraged to draw courses from the programs at Haverford (www.haverford.edu/pjhr) and Swarthmore (www.swarthmore.edu/x20631.xml) as well.

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. A list of courses students have included in their concentrations can be found at www.brynmawr.edu/peacestudies/courseoptions.html. Below is a more general description of the concentration requirements.

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 adviser by the spring of their sophomore year to develop a plan of study. All concentrators are required to take three core courses: (1) an introductory course, Introduction to Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights at Haverford or Introduction to Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies at Swarthmore; (2) a 200-level course (Conflict and Conflict Management, International Law, Politics of Humanitarianism, or Forgiveness, Mourning, and Mercy in Law and Politics), and (3) 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 courses chosen in consultation with their adviser, 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.

The following courses are pre-approved (www.brynmawr.edupeacestudies/courses.html). To see if other courses might be counted toward the concentration, contact the program director, Alison Cook-Sather, acooksat@brynmawr.edu.

COURSES

ANTH B111 Introduction to Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice 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, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies concentration.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B111
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ANTH B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ANTH B206 Conflict and Conflict Management: A Cross-Cultural Approach
This course examines cross-cultural differences in the levels and forms of conflict and its management through a wide range of cases and alternative theoretical perspectives. Conflicts of interest range from the interpersonal to the international levels and an important question is the relevance of conflict and its management in small-scale societies as a way to understand political conflict and dispute settlement in the United States and modern industrial settings. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science, Anthropology, or Sociology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B206
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ANTH B281 Language in Social Context
Studies of language in society have moved from the idea that language reflects social position/identity to the idea that language plays an active role in shaping and negotiating social position, identity, and experience. This course will explore the implications of this shift by providing an introduction to the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. We will be particularly concerned with the ways in which language is implicated in the social construction of gender, race, class, and cultural/national identity. The course will develop students’ skills in the ethnographic analysis of communication through several short ethnographic projects. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): LING-B281
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ANTH B347 Advanced Issues in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
An in-depth examination of crucial issues and particular cases of interest to advanced students in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies through common readings and student projects. Various important theories of conflict and conflict management are compared and students undertake semester-long field research. The second half of the semester focuses on student research topics with continued exploration of conflict-resolution theories and research methods. Prerequisite: POLS B206, B111, or POLS H247.
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B347
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ANTH B382 Religious Fundamentalism in the Global Era
Through a comparison of Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Hindu political movements, the course seeks to investigate the religious turn in national and transnational contexts. We will also seek to find commonalities and differences in religious movements, and religious regimes, while considering the aspects of globalization which usher in new kinds of transnational affiliation. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Anthropology, Political Science or History or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts towards: Middle East Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B382; HIST-B382
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

CITY B348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict
An examination of the role of culture in the origin, escalation, and settlement of ethnic conflicts. This course examines the politics of culture and how it constrains and offers opportunities for ethnic conflict and cooperation. The role of narratives, rituals, and symbols is emphasized in examining political contestation over cultural representations and expressions such as parades, holy sites, public dress, museums, monuments, and language in culturally framed ethnic conflicts from all regions of the world. Prerequisites: two courses in the social sciences.
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B348
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ross,M.
(Spring 2014)

ECON B385 Democracy and Development
From 1974 to the late 1990’s the number of democracies grew from 39 to 117. This “third wave,” the collapse of communism and developmental successes in East Asia have led some to argue the triumph of democracy and markets. Since the late 1990’s, democracy’s third wave has stalled, and some fear a reverse wave and democratic breakdowns. We will question this phenomenon through the disciplines of economics, history, political science and sociology drawing from theoretical, case study and classical literature. Prerequisites: ECON 200; ECON 253 or 304; and one course in Political Science OR Junior or Senior Standing in Political Science OR Permission of the Instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B385
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ross,M., Rock,M.
(Spring 2014)

EDUC B275 English Learners in U.S. Schools: Policies and Practices
This course focuses on educational policies and practices related to language minority students in the U. S. We examine English learners’ diverse experiences, educators’ approaches to working with linguistically diverse students, programs that address their strengths and needs, links between schools and communities, and issues of policy and advocacy. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school or other educational setting).
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Martin,R.
(Fall 2013)

HIST B127 Indigenous Leaders 1492-1750
Studies the experiences of indigenous men and women who exercised local authority in the systems established by European colonizers. In return for places in the colonial administrations, these leaders performed a range of tasks. At the same time they served as imperial officials, they exercised “traditional” forms of authority within their communities, often free of European presence. These figures provide a lens through which early modern colonialism is studied.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Gallup-Diaz,I.
(Fall 2013)

HIST B382 Religious Fundamentalism in the Global Era
Through a comparison of Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Hindu political movements, the course seeks to investigate the religious turn in national and transnational contexts. We will also seek to find commonalities and differences in religious movements, and religious regimes, while considering the aspects of globalization which usher in new kinds of transnational affiliation. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Anthropology, Political Science or History or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts towards: Middle East Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B382; POLS-B382
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B111 Introduction to Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice 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, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies concentration.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B111
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B206 Conflict and Conflict Management: A Cross-Cultural Approach
This course examines cross-cultural differences in the levels and forms of conflict and its management through a wide range of cases and alternative theoretical perspectives. Conflicts of interest range from the interpersonal to the international levels and an important question is the relevance of conflict and its management in small-scale societies as a way to understand political conflict and dispute settlement in the United States and modern industrial settings. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science, Anthropology, or Sociology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B206
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B211 Politics of Humanitarianism
This course examines the international politics and history that underlie the ideas, social movement, and system of organizations designed to regulate the conduct of war and improve the welfare of those victimizes by war. It begins with ethical, legal and organizational foundations, and then examines to post-Cold War cases and beyond. Topics include just war theory, international humanitarian law, humanitarian action and intervention, and transitional justice. Prerequisites: one class in Political Science or comparable course by permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B250 Introduction to International Politics
An introduction to international relations, exploring its main subdivisions and theoretical approaches. Phenomena and problems in world politics examined include systems of power management, imperialism, globalization, war, bargaining, and peace. Problems and institutions of international economy and international law are also addressed. This course assumes a reasonable knowledge of modern world history. Enrollment Limit: 16; enrollment preference given to sophomores, and up, particularly majors in Political Science and/or International Studies.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Allen,M.
(Fall 2013)

POLS B316 The Politics of Ethnic, Racial, and National Groups
An analysis of ethnic and racial conflict and cooperation that will compare and contrast the experiences of racial minorities in the United States and Muslim minorities in Europe. Particular attention is paid to the processes of group identification and political organization; the politicization of racial and ethnic identity; patterns of conflict and cooperation between minorities and the majority population over time; and different paths to citizenship. The course will emphasize how the politics of differentiation has similarities across setting and historical periods as well as important differences
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B347 Advanced Issues in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies: Utopias, Dystopias, and Peace
An in-depth examination of crucial issues and particular cases of interest to advanced students in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies through common readings and student projects. Various important theories of conflict and conflict management are compared and students undertake semester-long field research. The second half of the semester focuses on student research topics with continued exploration of conflict-resolution theories and research methods. Prerequisite: POLS B206, B111, or POLS H247.
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B347
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict
An examination of the role of culture in the origin, escalation, and settlement of ethnic conflicts. This course examines the politics of culture and how it constrains and offers opportunities for ethnic conflict and cooperation. The role of narratives, rituals, and symbols is emphasized in examining political contestation over cultural representations and expressions such as parades, holy sites, public dress, museums, monuments, and language in culturally framed ethnic conflicts from all regions of the world. Prerequisites: two courses in the social sciences.
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B348
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ross,M.
(Spring 2014)

POLS B358 Political Psychology of Group Identification
This seminar explores the common interests of psychologists and political scientists in ethnic identification and ethnic-group conflict. Rational choice theories of conflict from political science will be compared with social psychological theories of conflict that focus more on emotion and essentializing. These theories will be applied to Western interventions in the Balkans. Each student will contribute a 350-word post in response to each reading assignment, and represent that post in seminar discussion of the reading. Each student will write a final paper applying these theories to a case of ethnic conflict chosen by agreement with the instructor. Grading includes posts, participation in discussion, and the final paper. Prerequisite: PSYC 208 or two semesters of political science, or instructor’s permission.
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): PSYC-B358
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):McCauley,C.
(Spring 2014)

POLS B379 The United Nations and World Order
Initially founded in 1945 to address the challenges of international armed aggression, the United Nations has since evolved, and is now charged with confronting a wide range of threats, including atrocities, poverty, hunger, disease, and climate change. This class examines the organization’s pre-eminent role in international peace and security, economic development, and human rights and humanitarian affairs. Prerequisites: Students are required to have completed at least a year of Political Science or Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies courses (one class must be International Politics (POLS B250) or have the permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B382 Religious Fundamentalism in the Global Era
Through a comparison of Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Hindu political movements, the course seeks to investigate the religious turn in national and transnational contexts. We will also seek to find commonalities and differences in religious movements, and religious regimes, while considering the aspects of globalization which usher in new kinds of transnational affiliation. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Anthropology, Political Science or History or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts towards: Middle East Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B382; HIST-B382
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B385 Democracy and Development
From 1974 to the late 1990’s the number of democracies grew from 39 to 117. This “third wave,” the collapse of communism and developmental successes in East Asia have led some to argue the triumph of democracy and markets. Since the late 1990’s, democracy’s third wave has stalled, and some fear a reverse wave and democratic breakdowns. We will question this phenomenon through the disciplines of economics, history, political science and sociology drawing from theoretical, case study and classical literature. Prerequisite: one year of study in political science or economics.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ECON-B385
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ross,M., Rock,M.
(Spring 2014)

PSYC B358 Political Psychology of Group Identification
This seminar explores the common interests of psychologists and political scientists in ethnic identification and ethnic-group conflict. Rational choice theories of conflict from political science will be compared with social psychological theories of conflict that focus more on emotion and essentializing. These theories will be applied to Western interventions in the Balkans. Each student will contribute a 350-word post in response to each reading assignment, and represent that post in seminar discussion of the reading. Each student will write a final paper applying these theories to a case of ethnic conflict chosen by agreement with the instructor. Grading includes posts, participation in discussion, and the final paper. Prerequisite: PSYC 208 or two semesters of political science, or instructor’s permission.
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B358
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):McCauley,C.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B314 Immigrant Experiences
This course is an introduction to the causes and consequences of international migration. It explores the major theories of migration (how migration is induced and perpetuated); the different types of migration (labor migration, refugee flows, return migration) and forms of transnationalism; immigration and emigration policies; and patterns of migrants’ integration around the globe. It also addresses the implications of growing population movements and transnationalism for social relations and nation-states. Prerequisite: At least one prior social science course or permission of the instructor.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B350 Movements for Social Justice in the US
Throughout human history, powerless groups of people have organized social movements to improve their lives and their societies. Powerful groups and institutions have resisted these efforts in order to maintain their own privilege. Some periods of history have been more likely than others to spawn protest movements. What factors seem most likely to lead to social movements? What determines their success/failure? We will examine 20th-century social movements in the United States to answer these questions. Includes a film series. Prerequisite: At least one prior social science course or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)