PACS 391 Conflict Resolution Skills

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Workshops in conflict management

The Conflict Resolution Skills course credit provides an opportunity for Peace and Conflict Studies students to gain academic credit for practical skills training through workshops in conflict managementPeace practitioners need academic skills in analysis and research, but also in community building, conflict management and resolution, and group facilitation and problem solving.

This course is designed to give academic credit for up to two workshops (.25 CR each) provided by the Certificate Program in Conflict Management.  Student spaces in workshops are limited.  Workshop selection is made in consultation with the Certificate Program Manager (Sue Baker) and finalized by the payment of the additional fee.  Enrollment in PACS 391 and the academic work is supervised by Rachel Reist, PACS 391 Course Advisor. Upon the completion of a workshop, a reflection paper and an annotated bibliography, the student will receive a grade of CR/NCR.

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Course objectives

By the end of a Conflict Resolution Skills workshop a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate full-time attendance in the workshop by a Certificate of Completion from the workshop.
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of the workshop skill by active participation in the workshop and a brief summary in a reflection paper.
  • Evaluate the workshop experience in the reflection paper.
  • Research related theory or workshop practice in the annotated bibliography
  • Summarize further learning on the workshop topic or theory by writing an annotated bibliography.
  • Integrate workshop practice with theory in the annotated bibliography.

Course requirements

  • Select a workshop.
    • In consultation with Sue Baker, Certificate Program Manager, select an appropriate workshop and pay the additional determined fee
  • Enroll.
    • Finalize enrollment in PACS 391 with Rachel Reist, PACS 391 Course Advisor
  • Attend the workshop.
    • Attend the workshop and actively participate. Once enrolled in a workshop a student must attend all hours of the workshop.  Most workshops are offered for two or three days in sequence, with seven hours of training per day from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  There is a one-hour break for lunch each day and some workshops require Saturday attendance.  A student must arrange their schedule so that full-time workshop attendance is completed
  • Write the reflection paper.
    • Submit a reflection paper on the workshop to the PACS 391 Course Advisor.  Normally, a reflection paper of approximately 2 double-spaced pages (500 words) per workshop day is expected
  • Submit an annotated bilbiography.
    • Submit an annotated bibliography of a number of articles related to the workshop theme to Rachel Reist, PACS 391 Course Advisor.  More additional reading will be required of shorter workshops, and less for longer workshops

Scheduling, enrolment, and due dates

Certificate Program in Conflict Management workshops are offered on a schedule that does not always dovetail with the academic schedule.  However, once you are signed up for a workshop, enrolling in the PACS 391 course and subsequent grading sequence will be arranged.

Normally, you will enroll in PACS 391 in the term you take the workshop.  Due dates for the academic work will be the last day of the term (as determined by the undergraduate calendar) in which you took the workshop.  Since all PACS 391 course enrolments require department permission, the PACS Director will sign you in appropriately.

Note: It may not be possible to make final arrangements for workshop participation until after the course add date in the term.  If this occurs you will be enrolled in the course by special permission of the Director, through the completion of the Course Override Form.

Workshops may occasionally be offered so close to the end of a term that it will be difficult or impossible for a student to complete the academic portion of the course.  If that is the case, an appropriate due date will be arranged with  Rachel Reist, PACS 391 Course Advisor and a grade submitted upon completion of the academic work. A grade of IP will be submitted in this case if the academic work overlaps terms.

Workshops | Objectives | Requirements | Scheduling, enrolment, and due dates