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College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
 
  Aug 20, 2017
 
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Peace and Conflict Studies


Courses  


Coordinator:

LEE SMITHEY (Sociology and Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies)
Anna Everetts (Administrative Assistant)

Committee:

Sa'ed Atshan (Peace and Conflict Studies)
Nanci Buiza (Spanish)
Wendy E. Chmielewski (Peace Collection)
Denise Crossan (Lang Professor for Social Change, Peace and Conflict Studies)
Emily Paddon Rhoads (Political Science)
Sangina Patnaik (English Literature)
Ellen Ross (Religion)
Krista Thomason (Philosophy)
Dominic Tierney (Political Science)
Andrew Ward (Psychology)


The Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College provides students with the opportunity to examine conflict in various forms and at levels stretching from the interpersonal to the global. The interdisciplinary curriculum explores the causes, practice, and consequences of collective violence as well as peaceful or nonviolent methods of conducting or dealing with conflict.

Students who major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore will:

  • understand factors shaping human conflict (including psychological, social, cultural, political, economic, biological, religious, and historical factors);
  • analyze specific cases of conflict, including interpersonal, inter-group, interstate, and international disputes;
  • examine theories and models of peacebuilding and reconciliation, and evaluate attempts to conduct, manage, resolve, or transform conflict nonviolently;
  • investigate intersectionality; forms of oppression and injustice; and conflict, locally, globally, in the United States, and abroad;
  • explore topics relevant to peace and conflict through fieldwork, internships, or other experiences outside the classroom;
  • demonstrate the following skills: critical thinking, analysis, research, writing, communication, and teamwork.

The Academic Program


Peace and Conflict Studies may be a special major or a minor subject in either the Course or the Honors Program. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required for majors and minors.

Course Special Major


A course special major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of ten credits. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken before the junior year if at all possible. During the senior year, all programs must include a comprehensive exercise that integrates work in the major (as is required for all department and program majors at Swarthmore). For most course special majors, this will consist of a one-credit thesis. Course students may complete a non-thesis comprehensive exercise with approval of the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee. No more than two courses counting toward the Peace and Conflict Studies major may overlap with courses counting toward the student's other major/minors.  

Students who wish to propose a course special major should consult with the Program Coordinator in the early stages of selecting elective courses. Normally, the student who applies for a major in Peace and Conflict Studies will have completed (or be in the process of completing) two courses in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Honors Special Major


An Honors special major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of ten credits. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken before the junior year if at all possible. During the senior year all programs must include a comprehensive exercise that integrates work in the special major. For most Honors special majors, this will consist of a two-credit Honors thesis. Any thesis must be multidisciplinary. Honors special majors may complete a non-thesis comprehensive exercise with approval of the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee. No more than two courses counting toward the Peace and Conflict Studies Honors major may overlap with courses counting toward the student's other major/minors.  

The interdisciplinary Honors program for a special major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of four related Honors preparations in Peace and Conflict Studies. Preparations will normally consist of a double-credit thesis, or a one-credit thesis and one related course; double-credit seminars; or a combination of two courses approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee. All Honors preparations must be discussed with the Peace and Conflict Studies Coordinator and approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Applications for Honors special majors in Peace and Conflict Studies are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to propose an Honors special major should consult with the Program Coordinator in the early stages of selecting elective courses and Honors preparations. Normally, the student who applies for an Honors special major in Peace and Conflict Studies will have completed (or be in the process of completing) two courses in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Course Minor


Students with any major, whether in course or in the Honors Program, may add a course minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. A minor in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of six credits, of which no more than two may be taken in the student's major department. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken before the junior year if at all possible.

It is preferable (but not always possible) for students to have taken two courses in the minor, including Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, when applying to join the Program. Students who intend to pursue a course minor in Peace and Conflict studies should consult with the Program Coordinator.

Honors Minor


Students with any major in the Honors Program may choose an Honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.  Normally, the student who applies for an Honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies will have completed (or be in the process of completing) two courses in Peace and Conflict Studies.

An Honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of six credits, of which no more than two may be taken in the student's major department. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken before the junior year if at all possible.

Students in the Honors Program who choose an Honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies must complete one preparation for external examination. A standard two-credit Honors minor preparation will generally consist of a seminar or a combination of two courses.

Application Process Notes for the Special Major or the Minor


See the Peace and Conflict Studies Program website for guidelines and forms for applying for a major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies (http://www.swarthmore.edu/peacestudies).

Students who intend to major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies should consult with the Program Coordinator, and submit a copy of their Sophomore Plan during the spring of the sophomore year. The Sophomore Plan should present a plan of study that satisfies the requirements, specifies the courses to count toward the special major or minor, shares the student's interest in Peace and Conflict Studies, and identifies how the program complements the student's academic goals. If a student is proposing to write a senior thesis to satisfy the Senior Comprehensive requirement, the student should specify a general thesis topic and a preference regarding thesis advisor. (The program will assign advisors.) All applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

The Sophomore Plan for students proposing an Honors special major or Honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies should describe the proposed Honors preparation/s in terms of its/their suitability for examination and its/their contribution to the student's interests in Peace and Conflict Studies. When possible, students should obtain advance approval from faculty members who teach the courses or seminars that are to be included in an Honors preparation. If a preparation involves a thesis, the student should specify a provisional thesis topic and a thesis advisor. All applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Juniors or seniors proposing a course or Honors special major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies should consult with the Program Coordinator and submit a revised Sophomore Plan.

Off-Campus Study


The Peace and Conflict Studies Program faculty enthusiastically support study abroad for majors and minors. A number of study abroad programs that are approved by the Off-Campus Study Office offer appropriate coursework. Students who enroll in PEAC 053: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict may have the opportunity to participate in the course attachment that provides a study tour to Israel/Palestine during the winter break.

Normally, up to two courses taken outside of Swarthmore may be counted toward the minor, and up to three courses taken outside of Swarthmore College may be counted toward the major, subject to the approval of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program Coordinator.

 

 

Research and Service-Learning


Internships


Student programs can include an internship or fieldwork component. An internship is highly recommended. Fieldwork and internships normally do not receive credit. However, students can earn up to one credit for special projects that are developed with an instructor and approved in advance by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Summer Opportunities


Peace and Conflict Studies Program majors and minors are encouraged to apply for funding from the Lippincott Fund, Julia and Frank Lyman Student Summer Research Fellowship, the Joanna Rudge Long '56 Award in Conflict Resolution, the Simon Preisler Student Research and Internship award, and/or the Howard G. Kurtz, Jr. and Harriet B. Kurtz Memorial Fund. Applications are due in February, and information can be obtained from the Program's website.

Additional information on funding, internships, training, and career opportunities is available on the Peace and Conflict Studies Program website at www.swarthmore.edu/peacestudies.

Life After Swarthmore


Peace and Conflict Studies alumni often develop or work in organizations that promote peace and justice locally and globally. Many pursue graduate work in fields directly or closely related to Peace and Conflict Studies. You may find a growing digest of student and alumni activities on the Program's website at http://blogs.swarthmore.edu/pcsstudents/.

Peace and Conflict Studies Courses


The following courses may be applied toward a minor or special major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Each of the courses designated as PEAC is open to all students unless otherwise specified. In the event of an oversubscribed course, preference in enrollment will be given to declared Peace and Conflict Studies majors and minors. Courses eligible to count toward a concentration or minor in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights at Haverford College or Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice at Bryn Mawr College may also be applied toward a major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore. Student programs may, subject to prior approval by the Committee, also include courses offered at the University of Pennsylvania and courses taken abroad.

Courses noted with an asterisk * in the Program's list below are eligible for a Peace and Conflict Studies major or minor by obtaining written approval of the instructor and the Program Coordinator before the drop/add period ends. Course materials may be requested for confirmation after course completion. Course approval forms may be downloaded from the Peace and Conflict Studies Program website.

Please consult www.swarthmore.edu/peacestudies for updates, descriptions, and scheduling.



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