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Below is a list of all the Peace and Conflict Studies courses offered.  Please note that not all courses will be offered each semester.

PCS 120 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
An introduction to the content and methods of peace studies. Peace studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the study of war and peace. Building on and integrating the work of various fields of study, the course examines the causes of structural and direct violence within and among societies and the diverse ways in which humans have sought peace, from conquest and balance of power to international organizations and nonviolent strategies. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bonner, Shelia
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM FR 124 - LAWRENCE
3 62552
LEC Bonner, Shelia
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BA 202 - LAWRENCE
3 64114
LEC Dare, Tashia
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM BA 301 - LAWRENCE
3 60983
PCS 150 Study Abroad in Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Peace & Conflict Studies at the 100-200 level (Freshman/Sophomore level). Coursework must be arranged through the KU Office of Study Abroad and approved by a faculty advisor in Peace & Conflict Studies. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 221 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, Honors
Honors version of PCS 220. An introduction to the content and methods of peace studies. Peace studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the study of war and peace. Building on and integrating the work of various fields of study, the course examines the causes of structural and direct violence within and among societies and the diverse ways in which humans have sought peace, from conquest and balance of power to international organizations and nonviolent strategies. Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have completed PCS 220. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 329 History of War and Peace
A study of the changing nature of warfare and the struggle to bring about peace. Topics include pacifism, the "military revolution" that created the first professional armies; the development of diplomatic immunity, truces, and international law; the peace settlements of Westphalia, Utrecht, Vienna, Versailles, San Francisco; the creation of peace movements and peace prizes; the evolution of total war, civil war; and guerrilla warfare involving civilians in the twentieth century; the history of the League of Nations and United Nations; and the rise of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. (Same as HIST 329 and EURS 329.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 350 Study Abroad in Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Junior/Senior level. Coursework must be arranged through the KU Office of Study Abroad and approved by a faculty advisor in Peace and Conflict Studies. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 550 Classics of Peace Literature
A study of influential proposals for world peace from Erasmus' The Complaint of Peace (1515) to the 1995 Hague Appeal for World Peace. Selected writings by such authors as Erasmus, Hugo Grotius, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Henry Thoreau, Henri Dunant, Berthe von Suttner, Woodrow Wilson, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., are considered. (Same as EURS 550.) Prerequisite: HWC 204 or HWC 205. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 555 Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies: _____
This course offers specialized or interdisciplinary perspectives on historical, political, social, and religious movements, institutions, societies, agencies, or texts dealing with conflict resolution. May be repeated for credit with different topics. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 556 Education for Peace and Non-Violence
This course reviews the history, aims and methodology of peace education. Topics include examination of the roots and causes of social violence; educational initiatives that seek to reduce structural and direct violence; and teaching methodologies in the field of multicultural education and pedagogy. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 560 Directed Study in Peace and Conflict Studies
Practicum or research under the supervision of a faculty member and with the approval of the Peace and Conflict Studies Minor. Individual conferences, reports, and papers, and, in the case of practicum, supervised experience with an approved organization or agency. Prerequisite: Completion of three core courses in the minor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 565 The Literature of Human Rights
Examines in literature, art, and film from about 1800 to the present, both sides of the ongoing debate surrounding the idea that all human persons possess inalienable rights because all persons possess intrinsic value as persons, value independent of race, gender, caste or class, wealth, age, sexual preference, etc. Anti- and pro-rights proponents are paired and studied with equal care. (Same as EURS 565 and GIST 560.) Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 650 Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies
This capstone seminar provides a sustained and in-depth study of a particular topic in Peace and Conflict Studies, to be chosen by the instructor. Each student is required to carry out a substantive research project to produce a term paper or comparable work. Required for completion of minor. Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least nine hours in the minor before enrolling. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rabbani, Martha
Th 03:00-05:30 PM BA 315 - LAWRENCE
3 56320
PCS 760 Investigation and Conference in Peace and Conflict Studies
Research under the supervision of a faculty member and approved for the Peace and Conflict Studies program. Individual conferences, reports, and papers; may be combined with classwork. Open only to graduate students. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 801 Peace and Conflict Studies: Texts and Methods
An interdisciplinary study of the historic literature on human conflict and peacemaking and the methods used to analyze and interpret the literature. Peace literature encompasses a range of genres that include religious teachings, philosophical essays, political proposals, treaties and conventions, fiction, poetry, and drama. Approaches to solutions to human conflict cover a spectrum including political revolution, diplomacy and treaties, international law and organizations, and world government. Students produce a substantial graduate-level research project. PCS 801 is required for the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, and to be taken as early as possible in the students program of study. Open only to graduate students. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

PCS 850 Peace and Conflict Studies Research Seminar
The capstone of the Graduate Certificate program, providing a sustained and in-depth study of a particular topic in Peace and Conflict Studies, to be chosen by the instructor. The members of the seminar have the option of doing a research project or supervised practicum resulting in a substantial paper that integrates their work in the program. Required for the Graduate Certificate and open only to graduate students. Prerequisite: At least six hours of course work toward the Graduate Certificate including PCS 801. SEM.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
SEM Rabbani, Martha
Th 03:00-05:30 PM BA 315 - LAWRENCE
3 58919

PCS 375 - The Refugee Experience: Stories of Statelessness and Citizenship

This course draws on materials from multiple disciplines in the humanities including literature, history, philosophy, and cultural studies, to examine how belonging or not belonging to a state shapes the human experience. Literary texts, theoretical reflections, and historical studies on the subject of mass migration in Europe in the middle of the 20th-century will prepare for discussions of contemporary statelessness as well as responses to the refugee condition in a global context. (Same as HUM 375.)

 


Registering Students: Please note that all Humanities courses have changed from HWC to HUM in the Course Catalog. 

 
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