2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Peace Studies (PSVP)

PSVP 2044 - Peace and Violence (3 credits) 

Introduces major theories of peace and violence. Explores contemporary patterns and root causes of interpersonal, institutional, and structural violence. Particular attention to conflict management, prevention, strategies, and promotion of peace at the local, national, and global levels.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 3 Reasoning in Social Sciences, 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
PSVP 2444 - Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Peacebuilding (3 credits) 

Introduces fundamental principles, values and skills of conflict resolution. Special emphasis on facilitative mediation, restorative justice and other conflict resolution methodologies in the greater context of peacebuilding. Exploration of conflict resolution as tools of personal development and social justice.

PSVP 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
PSVP 4104 - Global Society, Violence and the Prospects for Peace (3 credits) 

Examines major theories in the interdisciplinary field of peace studies. Includes current, historical, and global causes, patterns and types of conflict, and methods of conflict resolution. Particular attention given to the philosophical and sociological discussions of the causes of violence and the possibilities for peace.

Prerequisite(s): PSVP 2044 or SOC 2044 
PSVP 4444 - Schools, Violence, and Justice (3 credits) 

Focuses on the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of widely recognized forms of violence within schools, such as bullying, fighting, sexual assaults, harassment, dating violence, and shootings. Examines the effectiveness of violence prevention programs. Includes sociological theories of violence within schools. Explores the social debate over balancing the collective public safety obligations of schools with individual students rights/responsibilities.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 3414 or CRIM 3414 
Cross-listed: SOC 4444 
PSVP 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
PSVP 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
PSVP 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)