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Alison Cook-Sather
Director of Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
acooksat@brynmawr.edu
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Ave
Bryn Mawr PA
19010-2899

610-526-5396

Courses at Bryn Mawr

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
POLS B141-001 Introduction to International Politics Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 300 Allen,M.
POLS B358-001 Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall C McCauley,C.
PSYC B358-001 Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall C McCauley,C.

Spring 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Bryn Mawr Course Descriptions

2014-15 Catalog Data

ANTH B281 Language in Social Context Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as LING B281 Counts toward Child and Family Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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CITY B348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as POLS B348 Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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ECON B385 Democracy and Development Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as POLS B385 Counts toward International Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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HIST B127 Indigenous Leaders 1492-1750 Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B141 Introduction to International Politics Fall 2014 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. Counts toward International Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B211 Politics of Humanitarianism Not offered 2014-15 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. Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B316 The Politics of Ethnic, Racial, and National Groups Not offered 2014-15 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 toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as CITY B348 Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B358 Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict Fall 2014 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. Each student will contribute a 200-300 word post in response to a reading or film assignment each week. Students will represent their posts in seminar discussion of readings and films. Each student will write a final paper analyzing the origins and trajectory of a case of violent ethnic conflict chosen by agreement with the instructor. Grading includes posts, participation in discussion, and the final paper. Prerequisite: PSYC B208, or PSYC B120, or PSYC B125, or one 200 level course in political science, or instructor's permission. Cross-listed as PSYC B358 Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B379 The United Nations and World Order Not offered 2014-15 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 and Conflict Studies courses (one class must be International Politics (POLS B250) or have the permission of the instructor. Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B385 Democracy and Development Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as ECON B385 Counts toward International Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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PSYC B358 Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict Fall 2014 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. Each student will contribute a 200-300 word post in response to a reading or film assignment each week. Students will represent their posts in seminar discussion of readings and films. Each student will write a final paper analyzing the origins and trajectory of a case of violent ethnic conflict chosen by agreement with the instructor. Grading includes posts, participation in discussion, and the final paper. Prerequisite: PSYC B208, or PSYC B120, or PSYC B125, or one 200 level course in political science, or instructor's permission. Cross-listed as POLS B358 Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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SOCL B314 Immigrant Experiences Not offered 2014-15 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 toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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SOCL B350 Movements for Social Justice in the US Not offered 2014-15 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. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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Courses at Haverford

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

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

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Haverford Course Descriptions

ENGL H286 Arts of the Possible: Literature and Social Justice Movements

T.Tensuan
We will examine memoirs, essays, and poetry by American writer/activists whose works illuminate the formation of -- and tensions between -- civil rights struggles, peace movements, feminist organizing, and LGBT movements. Readings include Baldwin, Rukeyser, King, Rich, Malcolm X, Lorde, Moraga and Stringfellow. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)

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HIST H240 History and Principles of Quakerism

E.Lapsansky
The development of Quakerism and its relationship to other religious movements and to political and social life, especially in America. The roots of the Society of Friends in 17th-century Britain, and the expansion of Quaker influences among Third World populations, particularly the Native American, Hispanic, east African, and Asian populations.

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ICPR H111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

Staff
A broad overview of the study of conflict, peace and peace-building. Topics include: militarization, nuclearization, ethnic conflict, genocide, social movements, and non-violence, with special emphasis on understanding the historical and cultural contexts of conflicts and peacebuilding efforts. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)

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ICPR H281 Violence and Public Health

 

ICPR H301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism
K.Edwards
An interdisciplinary seminar course analyzing the advantages and limitations of a public health perspective on violence. We will examine how every-day violence, direct political violence, and structural violence effect public health, as well as evidence that violence is preventable and amenable to public health strategies. Prerequisite: One of the following: ANTH 111, ICPR 221, or ICPR 222 Does not count toward the major.

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ICPR H301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism
Staff
(Satisfies the social justice requirement.)

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POLS H151 International Politics
B.Mendelsohn
An introduction to the major issues and trends in world politics, especially since World War II: realism and idealism, bi-polarity and multi-polarity, emergence of the Third World, role of force and diplomacy, the post-Cold War era, foreign policy-making, the United Nations, and humanitarian intervention.

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POLS H235 African Politics
S.Wing
Analysis of political change in Africa from the colonial period to contemporary politics. Selected case studies will be used to address central themes including democracy, human rights, gender, interstate relations, economic development, and globalization. Prerequisite: A course in political science or consent of instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)

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POLS H242 Women in War and Peace
S.Wing
Analysis of the complex issues surrounding women as political actors and the ways in which citizenship relates to men and women differently. Selected cases from the United States, Africa, Latin America, and Asia are studied as we discuss gender, domestic politics, and international relations from a global perspective. Prerequisite: One course in political science or consent of instructor.

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POLS H256 The Evolution of the Jihadi Movement
B.Mendelsohn
This course explores the evolution of the jihadi movement, focusing on its ideological development throughout the twentieth century, and the structural changes it has gone through since the jihad to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan during the 1980s. Prerequisite: Political Science 131, 151, or 161 or consent of instructor.

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POLS H357 Conflict in the Middle East
B.Mendelsohn
Conflicts in the Middle East since World War I. Cleavages are discussed that have contributed to the emergence of violent conflicts in the region and discusses particular conflicts. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor.

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POLS H358 The War on Terrorism

B.Mendelsohn
Exposes students to the broad range of activities undertaken within the framework of the global war on terrorism and to enhance understanding of the diverse military and political challenges comprising this confrontation. The seminar surveys the multiple components of the war on terrorism and examines them through several relevant analytical prisms. The course also discusses the implications of the war on terrorism for foreign policy and international relations theory. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing, or consent of instructor

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SOCL H235 Class, Race, and Education
M.Gould
An examination of the effects of class and race on educational and occupational outcomes, emphasizing the contemporary United States. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)

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