JUPS-271-01 Introduction to Engaging and Transforming Conflict
Fall for 2011-2012
This course offers a thorough grounding of Conflict Transformation (CT) as a philosophical orientation, practical approach, and theoretical framework and an analysis of its recent developments. We will attempt to “transform” three major aspects of conflict: 1) what we think about conflict; 2) how we think about conflict; and 3) how we engage in conflict. A primary focus for our learning will be the principles of restorative justice as a means for social change. We will focus on the work and philosophies of John Paul Lederach, Johan Galtung, Myles Horton, Paulo Freire, and Kay Pranis and ground ourselves in CT’s foundation of nonviolence and ‘peace by peaceful means’. Drawing on Lederach’s idea of the moral imagination, as well as Freire’s and Horton’s approaches to education for social justice, we will explore the “personal, structural, relational and cultural changes” (Lederach) that could evolve from and be produced by conflict. Further, we will investigate the deep culture and structure (Galtung) of conflicts related to criminal justice systems, as well as alternative approaches to transforming conflict in our communities (Pranis). Throughout the semester, students will be “doing conflict transformation” as a way of “knowing conflict transformation,” and will be invited to take a critical look at how conflict manifests in their own communities. At the conclusion of the course, students will be acquainted with CT as a distinct theoretical and applied field of nonviolent social action. Intercultural communication skills and dialogue will be modeled by the instructors and practiced by all course participants.
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