Course subject: Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS)

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Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 601 Systems of Peace, Order, and Good Governance (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014154
This course analyzes the roles and responsibilities of civil society, the market, and the state as agents capable of creating just and humane structures. Case studies reveal how individual scan leverage collaboration among all sectors of society to advance positive systemic positive change.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 602 The Practice of Peace (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014155
This course examines the characteristics and skills of effective peace practitioners, with particular attention to ways in which disciplines of peacemaking can be cultivated by individuals and nurtured by communities. While investigating various roles of the third party, students will explore the practical responsibilities (or tasks) and functions of peace practitioners as well as the core values and qualities that may make them more effective interveners locally, nationally or globally. Students will be introduced to peace research methodologies, research ethics, risk management, as well as various forms of communication used in documentation, analysis, and advocacy.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 603 Building Civil Society (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014156
This course explores operational aspects of civil society organizations such as visionary leadership, goal setting, evaluation, report writing, financial management, applied research skills, and human resource management. Students will also examine codes of conduct and practice, including rules, laws and customary understandings that guide the work of civil society organizations. Students will research contending views of civil society organizations and their complex relationships with government and business, thereby developing a philosophical and ethical framework for evaluating civil society action.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 604 Conflict Analysis (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014157
This course examines theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding conflict, with particular attention to structures and dynamics inhibiting peace. The course provides students with some of the analytical skills needed to understand how conflicts develop and escalate, to identify factors that can lead to or sustain violence, and to map root causes of conflict (e.g., human rights violations, needs deprivation, cultural and religious differences, inequality, resource misuse and environmental degradation) at interpersonal, intergroup, and international levels.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 605 Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014158
This course explores the theoretical and practical foundations of various approaches to working with conflict to advance positive goals such as social equity and reconciliation. Attention will be given to a range of conflict resolution methods and practices (facilitation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication) as well as to principles of restorative justice and dynamics of collective peacebuilding practice.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 610 Contemporary Nonviolent Movements (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014159
Through comparative case studies, this course examines contemporary nonviolent movements that illustrate pacifist and other nonviolent strategies for advancing social justice and other high-value political goals. Local, national and transnational campaigns that seek to shape the agenda for global change are examined alongside movements of more limited scope and ambition (e.g., national liberation movements, civil rights campaigns, struggles for democracy). Throughout, attention will be given to trends in practice and to debates concerning the effectiveness, ethical significance, and current relevance of nonviolent change methods.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 611 Reconciliation (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014160
This course uses case studies to analyze the complex issues of trauma, abuse, historical injustice and violence - and investigates approaches to healing, forgiveness and reconciliation (including memory, testimony, tribunals and reparation/atonement). The course explores theoretical and practical models for transforming relationships, including indigenous and non-formal mechanisms employed internationally, and teaches skills that are employed by effective agents of reconciliation.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 612 Culture, Religion, and Peacebuilding (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014172
This course explores cultural, religious and identity-based dimensions of conflict and conflict resolution, examining major patterns of human difference and their implications for contemporary peacebuilding practice. Case studies, simulations and role plays are used to expose students to the practical reality of building a common peace in the midst of diversity.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 620 Special Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014173
A seminar course investigating special issues related to peace and conflict. Content may vary from year to year. Course may be repeated if course topic differs.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 621 Peace Research (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 014174
This course requires completion of a research project that develops a student's capacity to do research for an applied objective. The research may be to support a grant proposal, document and contextualize a need or a human rights abuse, analyze what various agencies are doing in the face of common challenges, or write an advocacy brief to a government. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of competence in research analysis and writing.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 623 Directed Reading in Peace and Conflict Studies (0.50) RDG

Course ID: 015362
This reading course gives students space to study literature that explores the full theoretical and contemporary scope of readings pertaining to the Peace and Conflict Studies field. These readings will be in conjunction with coursework. Students must seek out the approval of a faculty member who is willing to supervise them and have the approval of the department chair. Students must write a topic proposal and outline of coursework prior to obtaining permission to enroll in the course.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 625 Internship (1) RDG

Course ID: 014175
The internship allows students to engage in experiential learnig with a research institute, non-governmental organizaton or other agency/entity that deals with peace and conflict issues. Students are expected to read relevant texts before, during and after the field study, to engage in stubstantial research on th eissues addressed by the host agency/entity and to submit a report reflecting on what the field study/internship revealed about the integration of peace studies theory and practice. Field study placements may be either in Canada or international contexts. Departmental consent is required.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 626 Conflict Resolution Skills Training (0.25) SEM

Course ID: 014176
This course provides a framework for students to do academic work related to specific conflict resolution skills training they have received through workshops sponsored by the Center for Extended Learning or the Certified Program in Conflict Management or other credible training organizations. Students will complete this additional academic work as a Directed Study supervised by Peace and Conflict Studies faculty. This course is offered on a credit/no credit basis. The course may be repeated once.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 630 Governance of Global Economy (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 002468
A survey of the theoretical and public policy debates relating to regulation of the global economy, examined through case studies ranging from international banking an intellectual property rights, to labour and environmental standards and the control of illicit economic activity.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 632 Post-War Reconstruction and State Building (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 002444
Rebuilding states in the aftermath of conflict and state failure represents one of the foremost challenges facing the international community. The post-Cold War era has shown that weak states represent as great a threat to international security and stability as strong ones. The transition from war to peace and state failure to stability in these states can be conceptualized as encompassing three separate but interrelated transitions, in the economic, political and security spheres. The course will deconstruct and analyze this triple transition, examine both its theoretical roots and practical application with reference to a number of recent case studies.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 633 Human Rights in the Globalized World (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 002448
The course is a study of international and local responses to human rights abuses in the contexts of economic globalization and proliferation of armed violence. It examines major debates on international human rights. It also deals with specific human rights situations in the developing/transitional countries. Topics include: universalism and cultural relativism, global economic justice, rights to food and health, women's and children's rights, the rights of displaced civilians, human rights and R2P, prospects for transitional justice.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 634 Security Ontology-Theory (0.50) RDG

Course ID: 002461
This is a seminar in the ontology of security. Security is a contested concept, and in this course we ask what it is and how best to pursue it. What do we mean by security? What are we trying to protect? From what? Why? How do we do it? We begin by considering the concept of security in the abstract, and we then proceed to explore various specific conceptions. Along the way we encounter both traditional and non-traditional approaches to security.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 635 Security Governance: Actors, Institutions, and Issues (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 013686
In this course we examine a range of "security" issues on the global agenda - both traditional and non-traditional - and examine recent and possible future institutional and policy responses. Issues examined include nuclear proliferation, terrorism, intrastate conflict, resource and territorial disputes, climate change, drugs, disease, and migration. Students will have an opportunity to research in depth a specific security issue of their choice.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 650 Sustainable Cities (0.50) LEC,RDG,SEM

Course ID: 014121
This course surveys the dominant trends in human settlement since the industrial revolution. Emphasis is placed on selected problems (e.g., provision of basic services such as water supply and sanitation, waste disposal, expanding ecological footprints) faced by cities of various sizes (from mid-sized to mega), the resources available to deal with them, and the new approached to sustainability.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 651 Economics for Sustainable Development (0.50) LEC,RDG,SEM

Course ID: 014013
This course introduces students to the history, theories and practices of development economics. Select issues such as trade, (Public and private) capital flows, transnational corporations, technological change and innovation, agricultural and industrial policy and production, poverty and reduction, structural adjustment, etc. are treated, as are recent developments in globalization and global economic governance.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 652 Water and Security (0.50) LEC,RDG,SEM

Course ID: 014015
The course will provide students with comprehensive background knowledge relevant to the increasingly important policy challenge of 'water security'. The course will explore how the multiple levels of water security - human, community, state, international, global - require broad but considered policy inputs. Emphasis will be placed on the interdependencies of difference sectors (climate security, food security, energy security) that interact within a 'web' of water security.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 660 Justice and Gender (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 002423
Theories of justice are concerned with the distribution of the basic goods of society - money, power, status, leisure, and so on. One would expect that they would be of particular interest to feminist theory, which is also concerned with the distribution of these goods. This course will consider how the gender system fares from the standpoint of liberal justice, and to what extent the promises of liberal justice can be used to overturn the unequal treatment of women. The issues of equality and difference will also be explored.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 661 Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Resolution I (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 002445
This course examines the causes of ethnic conflict but focuses in particular on the strategies which states use to manage or resolve such conflicts. The review of state strategies is comprehensive in nature, and includes approaches which are morally unacceptable as well as approaches which many consider morally desirable.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 662 Conflict and Conflict Resolution (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 002449
A graduate level survey of theories of conflict resolution drawn from the international relations, comparative politics, and peace studies. Why do we have violent political conflict, and how can it be resolved? How and why do wars begin and end? This course focuses on political violence and conflict resolution between groups, including but not limited to states.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 670 War and Peace in Christian Theology (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 012809
Examination of Christian teachings on war and peace from the early church to the present, including crusade, just war, and pacifist traditions, as well as twentieth century discussions of realism, just revolution, nuclear pacifism, and non┬┐violent resistance.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 671 The Bible and Peace (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 012802
An examination of diverse biblical views of peace in relation to war, justice, and salvation with attention to their relevance for the contemporary quest for peace.

Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) 672 Christianity's Encounter with Other Faiths (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 012833
This course will examine several contemporary theological responses to the encounter of Christianity with other faiths. The meaning and dynamics of inter-religious dialogue and the resources within the Christian faith for such an encounter will be explored.