Approved courses

Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) approved courses, are offered by partner disciplines and programs in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Environment. Many of the 300- and 400-level courses have specific prerequisites. Students planning to pursue study in the upper-level courses should use their electives wisely to ensure that the prerequisites for these courses are met. Additions or deletions to this list may occur from time to time.

Where students find the list inadequate for their needs, students may petition (read the Instructions for Petition (PDF) the PACS administration to have specific courses accepted as PACS approved courses. Petitions for accepting other courses as PACS approved should be completed in consultation with Rachel Reist, PACS Undergraduate Officer. This should ideally happen before registration in the course in question is finalized. Normally only up to two courses may be petitioned per student per academic career.

The official list of PACS approved courses is updated annually in the University of Waterloo Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar according to each academic plan. Below is a list of PACS approved courses.

Note: this list is a guide only. The list of approved courses is updated and changed from year to year, so it is important to consult the Undergrad Calendar for the year you are following. All of the undergraduate calendar years are available to view online. If you are not sure which academic calendar you are registered under, please ask Rachel Reist, PACS Undergraduate Officer.

Environment and Resource Studies (ERS)

  • ERS 215 - Environmental and Sustainability Assessment 1
  • ERS 253 - The Politics of Sustainable Communities
  • ERS 294 - The Sacred Earth: Religion and Ecology
  • ERS 404 - Global Environmental Governance
  • ERS 462 - Global Food and Agriculture Politics

Environmental Studies (ENVS)

  • ENVS 201 - Introduction to Environmental and Planning Law
  • ENVS 401 - Environmental Law

Geography and Environmental Management (GEOG)

  • GEOG 202 - Geography of the Global Economy 
  • GEOG 203 - Environment and Development in a Global Perspective 
  • GEOG 215 - China: Diverse and Dynamic
  • GEOG 426 - Geographies of Development
  • GEOG 461 - Food Systems and Sustainability
  • GEOG 462 - Food and Agricultural Politics

History (HIST)

  • HIST 102 - War and Society in Europe, 1914-1945
  • HIST 106 - Canada and War in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST 210 - History of Ancient Law
  • HIST 220 - The Vietnam War and American Society
  • HIST 221 - Race Relations in Canada: A Historical Perspective
  • HIST 223 - The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 226 - Canada in World War II
  • HIST 230 - Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 232/PACS 203 - A History of Peace Movements
  • HIST 236 - Law and Society in the Middle Ages
  • HIST 239 - History of Modern China, 1911 to the Present
  • HIST 247 - Mennonite History: A Survey
  • HIST 254 - Canadian History: The National Period
  • HIST 269 - Aboriginal History of Canada 
  • HIST 271 - Global Indigenous Issues
  • HIST 309 - The Discourse of Dissent
  • HIST 314 - The American Civil Rights Movement
  • HIST 321 - Human Rights in Historical Perspective
  • HIST 348 - The Radical Reformation
  • HIST 358 - Nazi Germany
  • HIST 369 - The Politics of Decolonization

Philosophy (PHIL)

Political Science (PSCI)

Psychology (PSYCH)

Religious Studies (RS)

  • RS 121 - Evil 
  • RS 220 - World Religions and Politics 
  • RS 237 - Insiders and Outsiders in the Bible
  • RS 252 - Religious Responses to Political Oppression
  • RS 256/PACS 320 - Christian Approaches to Peacemaking
  • RS 280 - Cults and New Religious Movements 
  • RS 281 - Millennialism and Violence
  • RS 285 - The Sacred Earth: Religion and Ecology 
  • RS 337 - The Bible and Peace
  • RS 344 - Radical Reformation 
  • RS 353 - War and Peace in Christian Theology
  • RS 355 - Christian Feminist Thought
  • RS 380/PACS 326 - Religion and Peace-Building 
  • RS 383 - Justice, Peace and Development

Social Development Studies (SDS) & Social Work (SOCWK)

  • SDS 210R - Children's Rights in Canada
  • SDS 312R - Homelessness and Public Policy
  • SDS 331R - Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Public Policy
  • SDS 370R - International Learning Experience
  • SOCWK 301R - Understanding Diversity in Canada
  • SOCWK 322R - International Perspectives in Community Organization
  • SOCWK 355R - Child Maltreatment: Identification and Prevention
  • SOCWK 357R - Family Violence
  • SOCWK 390A/B - Family Violence: An Advanced Seminar

Sociology (SOC)

  • SOC 201 - Victims and Society
  • SOC 205 - Social Problems (formerly SOC 102)
  • SOC 206 - Gender Relations
  • SOC 222 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 224R - Poverty in Canada and its Social Consequences
  • SOC 227 - Criminology
  • SOC 228 - Sociology of Criminal Justice
  • SOC 229 - Selected Topics in Criminology
  • SOC 241 - Introduction to the Sociology of Work
  • SOC 256 - Ethnic and Racial Relations
  • SOC 258 - Millennialism and Violence
  • SOC 262 - Cults and New Religious Movements
  • SOC 306 - Juvenile Justice (formerly SOC 226)
  • SOC 325 - Sexuality and the Law
  • SOC 327 - Policing in a Democratic Society
  • SOC 370 - Sociology of Law
  • SOC 428 - Sentencing as a Social Process

Other PACS-related courses

The courses below, offered by non-participating departments, may be counted as content courses.

Classical Studies (CLAS)

English (ENGL)

German (GER)

  • GER 383 - Culture in the Third Reich: Racism, Resistance, Legacy

Jewish Studies (JS)

  • JS 237 - Insiders and Outsiders in the Bible

Legal Studies (LS)

  • LS 222 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • LS 224 - Victims and Society
  • LS 227 - Criminology
  • LS 228 - Sociology of Criminal Justice
  • LS 229 - Selected Topics in Criminology
  • LS 235 - History of Ancient Law
  • LS 236 - Law and Society in the Middle Ages
  • LS 273 - Children's Rights in Canada
  • LS 300 - Sociology of Law
  • LS 306 - Juvenile Justice
  • LS 325 - Sexuality and the Law
  • LS 327 - Policing in a Democratic Society
  • LS 331 - Human Rights in Historical Perspective
  • LS 351 - Philosophy of Law
  • LS 352 - Human Rights
  • LS 366 - Global Governance
  • LS 428 - Sentencing as a Social Process
  • LS 492 - Communication and Social Justice 

Music (MUSIC)

Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF)

  • SMF 205 - The Dark Side of Sexuality
  • SMF 307 - Conflict, Crisis, and Dissolution in Close Relationships

Speech Communication (SPCOM)

Systems Design (SYDE)

Women's Studies (WS)