HS 210A — Coexistence and Conflict: Theory and Analysis

Open only to students enrolled in the MA program in coexistence and conflict. Other students considered with permission of the instructor.

Explores the sources of conflict at a global level as well as the ways in which conflict may be transformed to benefit people and societies, paying special attention to the role of power in shaping conflict and in attending to its transformation. It takes a cross-disciplinary approach to exploring and understanding global conflict analysis and resolution. Drawing on literature and research from the fields of peace and conflict studies, international relations and political science, law, psychology, sociology, and anthropology, this course will give students an overview of the tools of analysis necessary for engaging conflict constructively. We will examine the causes, patterns and dynamics of various forms of violence, including ‘direct’ and ‘structural violence,’ as well as the tools available to promote peace and justice. We will draw on the contributions and findings of various academic disciplines and the best practices of experts in modern peace and conflict research. We will also carefully reflect on how insiders and outsiders to a violent conflict can build stable peace by analyzing the practices of advocates and activists. Usually offered every year.
Mari Fitzduff