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College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
 
  Feb 17, 2018
 
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Peace and Conflict Studies


Courses  


Coordinator:

LEE SMITHEY (Sociology and Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies)
Anna Everetts (Administrative Assistant)
Eliana Yankelev (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 major or a minor subject in either the Course or the Honors Program. Students who intend to major or minor in peace and conflict studies should consult with the program coordinator as they prepare to declare their intention during the spring of their sophomore year.  All applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Course Major


Beginning with the Class of 2020, a course major in Peace and Conflict Studies will consist of eight credits. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken in the first or second year, if at all possible. Also, majors will be required to complete at least two courses (in addition to PEAC 015, and PEAC 091 Senior Seminar in spring of their senior year, and any PEAC thesis) that are specifically designated as PEAC courses to fulfill the College’s comprehensive exercise requirement that integrates work in the major. No more than two courses eligible for the Peace and Conflict Studies major may overlap with courses in a student’s other major or minors.   

Students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 are required to follow the existing requirement of ten credits for a PEAC special major, and are required to complete PEAC 015 along with a comprehensive exercise of a one credit thesis. Special majors may complete a non-thesis comprehensive exerside with the approval of the PEAC Committee. No more than two courses eligible for the Peace and Conflict Studies special major may overlap with courses in a student’s other major or 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 special major in PEAC will have completed (or be in the process of completing) two courses in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Honors Major


Beginning with the Class of 2020, an Honors Major in Peace and Conflict Studies will consist of eight credits. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken in the first or second year if at all possible. Honors majors will fulfill the same requirements as course majors but must establish three two-credit honors preparations for external examination at the end of the senior year.  There are four primary opportunities for students to fulfill preparations required of honors majors:

  • a 2-credit honors seminar

  • the combination of two 1-credit courses

  • the combination of a 1-credit course and a 1-credit thesis

  • a 2-credit thesis

Students may interchange these with other PCS-eligible two-credit seminars and course combinations. Honors majors alone have the option of writing a one- or two-credit thesis. Any thesis must be multidisciplinary. All Honors preparations must be discussed with the Peace and Conflict Studies Coordinator and approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 are required to following the existing guidelines consisting of at least ten credits of which no more than two may be taken in the student’s major department.  PEAC 015 is required and should be taken before the junior year if at all possible. The interdisciplinary Honors program for a special major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of four related Honors preparation in PEAC.  Preparation will normally consist of a double-credit thesis, or a one-credit thesis and one related course, a double-credit seminar, or a combination of two courses approved by the PEAC Committee.  All Honors preparation must be discussed with the PEAC Program Coordinator and approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.  

Normally, the 2018 or 2019 student who applies for an Honors special major in PEAC 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. Beginning with the Class of 2020, a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies will consist of five credits, of which no more than two may be taken in the student’s major or other minor. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken in the first or second year, if at all possible.  Students in the Class of 2019 are required to follow the existing six credits requirement for the minor.

All Peace and Conflict Studies minors will be required to complete at least two courses (in addition to Intro) that are specifically designated as PEAC courses. We encourage students to take courses taught by different faculty members in order to broaden their exposure to the field.

Normally, the student who applies for a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies will have completed (or be in the process of completing) the introductory course and one other eligible course in peace and conflict studies.

 

Honors Minor


Beginning with the Class of 2020, students with any major in the Honors Program may choose an Honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Honors minors will fulfill the same requirements as course minors but must establish one two-credit honors preparations for external examination at the end of the senior year. A standard Honors minor preparation will consist of a seminar or a combination of two courses.

Course Honors minors from the Class of 2018 and 2019, are required to follow the existing requirements of completing PEAC 015 (preferables before the junior year if at all possible).  2018 and 2019 students in the Honors Program who choose a 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 major or minor, shares the student’s interest in Peace and Conflict Studies, and identifies how the program complements the student’s academic goals. (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 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 an honors major student is proposing to write a senior thesis, the student should specify a general thesis topic and a preference regarding thesis advisor. All applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Juniors or seniors proposing a 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.

Majors may count no more than three credits from off-campus, while minors may count no more than two credits from off-campus toward completing their Peace and Conflict Studies major.

 

 

 

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 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, minor, or major 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 program’s Committee, also include courses offered at the University of Pennsylvania and courses taken abroad.

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