Introduction to Peace Studies: Power and Progress
(4 Cr.) (LER-SSC)
The first course in the introduction to peace studies sequence will expose students to foundational concepts in the interdisciplinary field. These include power, progress, conflict, violence, human evolution, capitalism, systems, anti-systemic movements and positive and negative peace. Fall semester. Al-Bulishi, Dawit.
Introduction to Peace Studies: Peace
This course is a study of the nature of peace, peace-making and conflict transformation. In particular, it will examine the social, political and economic choices that facilitate the evolution of peaceable societies and the circumstances under which societies choose to become peaceful. We will explore the history of different strategies of social change and how peace movements have evolved in tandem with changing world contexts. Prerequisite: PCE 110. Spring semester. Al-Bulushi, Dawit.
This course combines reading, service, conversation, and personal exploration to reveal how people define themselves, their relationship to the world, and their processes of meaning-making. The course addresses these issues on an intellectual and a personal level and enables students to view their questions and answers critically at the same time that they explore how age, race, gender, nationality, and other factors shape not only their answers to ontological questions, but the nature of the questions that they ask and the reasons why some questions aren’t asked. Students engage in a service project as part of the course. Spring semester. Bess.
Nonviolence, Mapping, and (r)Evolution
This class will examine the nature and uses of nonviolence, linking historical case studies with emerging developments and dilemmas. Although many associate nonviolence with its most famous proponents or well-known movements (Gandhi, King, the civil rights movement in the U.S. south), nonviolence is actually still evolving. This course asks: What is nonviolence, what is it useful for, and what are its new vocabularies? More and more, groups are expanding the practice of nonviolence from things like "protest" and "direct action," to "document," "research," "collaborate," and other ways of seeing systems and intervening in life-giving ways. We will explore how nonviolence is not "either" a tactic "or" a theory, but something more holistic and challenging. We will use the base DNA of Gandhian nonviolence--- to collect the facts ---- using mapping techniques to research, document, and re-present situations. We will engage in experiential exercises, using the class, campus, and community as a micro-scale version of the same dynamics, forces, and choices that nonviolence asks us to observe and decide on in the world. Fall and spring semester. Hopper.
Maintaining the Status Quo: Power and Privilege in the United States
This course will examine the history of race-based privilege and its evolution from the nineteenth century to today. By reading historical documents, biography and socio-economic studies, students will explore samples of structural violence in education, housing and employment. They will analyze the means through which injustices have been challenged. This course serves as the WID course for PCE and WGS. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Fall and spring semester.
Research Methods for Peace and Justice
A critical introduction to research methods in the study and pursuit of peace and justice, covering three interwoven epistemological domains; basic statistical principles and applications; research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation; and quantitative and qualitative methods and worldviews. Special consideration is given to participant action research (e.g., PAR) methods. The ethics of responsible research will be addressed throughout. Prerequisite: PCE 110 and sophomore standing, or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Pringle.
This course explores local, national and international organizing for social change. Using urban-based movements and organizations, we will study key concepts such as teambuilding, strategy, planning, leadership and implementation. We will examine problems often encountered by structured as well as unstructured entities and suggest possible solutions and alternatives. This course requires a 30 hour community-based learning component in a Baltimore city organization or informal group of the student's choice. Fall 2018. Alternating years. Dawit.
Women, Peace, and Protest: Latin American Women and the Search for Social Justice
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)
Examination of women's participation in the human rights, social, and economic movements. Focus on understanding if, why, and under what circumstances gender becomes a central force in the development of these movements. We will address three questions: Has the involvement of women helped to define the human rights movement in Latin America? To what extent have feminist theory and theories of the state accounted for the nature of women's protest? How and why were women instrumental in the political process that led from authoritarian to democratic rule in their countries? This course focuses primarily (but not exclusively) on women's movements in the southern cone countries: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil. Prerequisites: WS 150 and a HIS or LAM 100-level course. Spring semester. Offered 2014-15 and alternate years. François.
Special Topics in International Film and Literature
This course, organized around a rotating thematic topic in a given semester, will focus on social, economic, and cultural disparity as represented by filmmakers and authors. Of particular interest will be issues of nationalism; difference/identity; displacement; globalization; resources/wealth; environmental degradation; and control of information in post-war, post-colonial and/or post-Cold War societies. When possible, filmmakers and authors will be invited for special sessions of this course. Repeatable if topic is different. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Variable semesters.
The Right to the City
(4 Cr.) Since 1968, struggles have increasingly shifted beyond of the boundaries of factory walls to envelope the entirety of urban space. Moving beyond an individualist understanding of rights, this course explores the necessarily collective right to the city by examining the geography of struggles over urban space around the world. Case studies vary by semester, but there will be a consistent focus on cities in of the global south (especially Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East), alongside periodic incorporation of North American and European cities.
Prerequisite: A 100-level Peace Studies course or sophomore standing. Spring 2017. Every other year. Al-Bulushi.
Issues in Conflict Resolution
A topics course for the Peace Studies Program, in which students explore the mechanisms of conflict resolution in a variety of settings, using a case-study method. Prerequisite: PCE 110 or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters.
Social Practice: Transformation of Self and World
Beginning with the assertion that each of us both mirrors and enacts larger social patterns, this course trains students in effecting social change by transforming their interactions with these patterns at the scale of the personal. Through mindfulness training, students learn to recognize and disrupt their habits of meaning-making and invent new ways of engaging with the world. Through training in nonviolent communication, students enhance their ability to communicate across differences. Finally, through collaborative vision projects, students learn to "trope against trope," inventing narrative practices that do not merely respond or react, but disturb and discover new possibilities within the self-organizing systems of which they are a part. Prerequisites: PCE 110 or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Hopper.
Emerging concepts of human rights, 18th century to the present; conflicting views and their justifications. Rights of persons against the state and other institutions as basic moral claims to achieve both individual self-development and social justice. Prerequisite: PCE 110, one course in political science or history, or sophomore standing. Fall semester. Dawit.
Haitian History and the Culture of Resistence
This course examines Haitian history through various forms of creative expression that serve as forms of political, economic or epistemological resistance. The course addresses Haiti's long history of resistance and social justice action before and since its birth as a nation in 1804. Of particular interest will be issues of nationalism, colonialism/racism, difference/identity, resources/wealth/environmental degradation, U.S. occupations (military and non-profit), displacement, trauma, geo-psychoanalytic space, exile and globalization. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Spring. Every other even year. Bess, Francois.
Studies in Self-determination in Native America
This course provides a critical overview of Native American self-determination. Drawing on examples from prehistory, the era of conquest and US expansion, and modern-day battles over natural resources, this course will encourage students to examine concepts such as identity, colonization and sovereignty through an inter-disciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Spring semesters. Every other odd year. Bess.
The Basque in Spain: A Peace and Conflict History
The Basque in Spain: A Peace and Conflict History (8)(SP 229G and SP 299G) This course will explore contemporary conflicts and the peace movements that grow beside them through a study of their historical roots as seen in the Basque conflict in Spain. The course builds Spanish language skills into the curriculum of peace studies throughout the semester in addition to a three-week immersion experience in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Guernica (Spain) in June (four credits). Prerequisite: PCE 110, 124 or 148, or permission of the instructor, and SP 130 or SP 130G or SP 130S or SP 130V. Summer 2017. Dawit and Miranda-Aldaco.
Selected Topics in Latin American Peace Studies
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9 and #10) (LER - DIV)
An interdisciplinary approach to significant topics relating to contemporary Latin America. Specific topic for the semester to be announced in advance. Topics may include: Latino issues in the United States, Latin American cinema, or revolutionary movements in Latin America (for peace studies credit). Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing. Fall semester.
Individually Identified Internship
(3 OR 4 Cr.)
Graded pass/no pass only. Fall/spring semester.
Internship: City Schools Program
Students should plan to have free time in their schedule between 2:30 and 5 p.m. Graded pass/no pass only. Fall/spring semester.
Peace and Rewriting Race
Examining works of literature, film, and visual arts organized around a thematic or geographic case study, students will distinguish the range of ways we use art and literature to survive, imagine, and to “name the nameless,” as Audre Lorde said, “so it can be thought.” Combining creative writing, rhetoric, and literary analysis with the lenses of peace studies (e.g. conflict resolution, structural violence), we will create and consider the roles of transgression, lyricism, and alienation; the ways that the human voice can be used to reinscribe, resist, or renew. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing. Spring semester. Hopper.
International Human Rights Law
This course is an intensive critical exploration of the international human rights legal system, including treaty bodies, regional organizations, commissions, courts, and special complaints committees. Of particular interest is the work of the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American and African commissions and courts, the International Court of Justice, and the UN tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Prerequisites: PCE 251. Spring semesters.Dawit.
Returning Citizens in Community: Opportunities for Building Social Capital
In this course, students will be introduced to the historical and social contexts that have led to mass incarceration and recidivism in the U.S. They will explore relationships among the criminal justice system, America's history of racism, and the social-structural violence aimed, in particular, at young African-American men today. Focusing on the process of re-entering society, students will engage in a qualitative research project in cooperation with faith-based institutions, law enforcement, and community organizers coordinating with returning citizens in Baltimore City. Student research will be utilized: (1) to improve (and possibly expand) a specific program designed to help returning citizens meet immediate needs such as housing and employment and (2) to investigate the ways in which supporting them improves opportunity factors for their children, fosters community stability and social inclusion, and encourages public or political participation. Prerequisite: Junior standing; and permission of instructor or one of the following courses PCE 210, PSY 255, SOC 203, or SOC 217. Fall semester. Bess.
Transnational Feminist Theory and Women's Activism
Crossing the boundaries of nationality, ethnicity, citizenship, sexuality, and genre, this course brings together a plurality of women's voices of the non-Western world that counter colonial, post-colonial, multinational, and masculine paradigms of "otherness." The central aims are to examine the extent to which their activism and theoretical thinking grew out of historical conditions, to establish a dialog that forms the wide-ranging spectrum of women's experiences across the globe, and to assess these social and political writings for national change in the 21st century. Prerequisites: Junior standing; and WS 150, WS 235, or a PCE 200-level course. Fall semester. François.
This course explores the epochal crisis of unsustainable resource consumption and the conflicts and systems collapses it causes. We will study collapse in the historical past, the present and in the near future. We will examine the ways in which basic resources such as water, energy, seed, food crops, timber, among others become scarce, how political actors respond to scarcity, and the social impact of scarcity. Our goal is to find realistic alternatives to over-consumption and collapse. Prerequisites: a 100-level course in Peace Studies and junior standing. Spring 2017. Dawit.
Christian Ethics and War
How do religions impact individual and communal self-understanding and decision-making? In this course students are introduced to the study of Christian ethics through investigation and analysis of one particular ethical issue: war. Students study war theory and its relationship to Christianity, as well as Christian pacifism and nonviolence. Their investigation will focus on how Christian sacred texts, history, theology, and practice are utilized by Christian ethicists to diverse ends. Prerequisite: one course in religion or sophomore standing. Fall 2016 and alternate semesters thereafter. Duncan.
Future Cities: Speculations, Countermappings, and Narratives of Possibility
How do people build the institutions that will democratize the processes by which the future cities will be built, whether we mean "build" in material terms or in terms of communities' social shaping? Even as "innovation" and "imagination" are praised by hegemonic institutions, we find ourselves too often in narratives that are at best remodelings of the status quo. This class will look at the role of this imaginative labor, the strategies that learn from and rearrange the predictable into the possible in processes of social change. Studying creative text, especially speculative fiction, futurisms, and countermappings, we will experiment with such new narrative practices, using examples from both the global arena and the Baltimore metropolitan area. Prerequisite: a 100-level course in Peace Studies or sophomore standing. Spring 2017. Hopper.
Special Topics in U.S. and International Peace Studies
Examination of advanced concepts in peace, conflict resolution, and/or human rights thought through an in-depth study of major international and current events. These may include conflict in relation to peacekeeping, public health, globalization, international tribunals, and diplomacy. Repeatable with different topic. Variable semesters.
Topics in Peace Studies: Country Study
This topics course will explore the historical and contemporary politics of one country within its regional context. Research and analysis will focus on colonial and post-colonial realities, legal and de facto gender disparities, sources of current conflict, and social and economic challenges. Prerequisite: a 200-level course in peace studies or permission of the instructor. Repeatable with different topic. Variable semesters.
This capstone course for majors and minors, will be a symposium on bridging peace thought and peace work. Students and faculty will read, analyze, and discuss a number of peace theories and the ways in which individuals, communities, solidarity groups, and organizations implement them to bring about personal, social, and political change. Some years, faculty and students together will design community interventions from determination of problems, to identification of stakeholders, to program design and implementation. Prerequisites: senior peace studies major or minor. Fall and Spring semester.