Academic Catalog

Peace and Conflict Studies

Office: 2320 Faculty/Administration Building; 313-577-3453
Director: Pontus Leander

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) program integrates a variety of practical courses and interdisciplinary research to allow students to combine their own majors with training, study, and experience in peace studies and the emerging field of conflict resolution, at the inter-personal, national and international levels. The curriculum deals with the most fundamental of human concerns: how to manage or resolve conflict constructively. Students are introduced to the causes of human conflict and violence, as well as approaches to conflict management ranging from diplomacy, law and negotiation, to mediation  and arbitration. Questions are raised concerning the issues of globalization, social justice, non-violence, ethnicity, race, and culture.

PCS 2000 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies Cr. 3

Introduction to the peace and conflict studies co-major. Survey, ranging from biology and conflict among animals to disputes involving the individual, the family, the neighborhood and region, the nation and global or international community. Definitions and approaches to peace. (Some sections linked to Peace and Justice Learning Community.) Offered Yearly.

Equivalent: HIS 2500, PS 2820

PCS 2010 Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies Cr. 1-4

Special topics relating to peace and conflict studies. Offered Every Term.

Equivalent: HIS 2520, PS 2830

Repeatable for 12 Credits

PCS 2020 Science, Technology, and War Cr. 4

Modern weapons, nuclear and otherwise are becoming increasingly available and dangerous; people with grievances seem eager to use them. Science and technology, as well as constraints of bureaucracy and society underpin weapons development and use, as technologies affect prospects and results of war and peace. History of humanity and its tools of war. Offered Yearly.

Equivalent: HIS 2510, PHY 2020, PS 2440

PCS 2050 The Study of Non-Violence Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Diversity Equity Incl Inquiry

Intellectual and social roots of non-violence and the practice of non-violence in various societies and people's life styles. Historical and political forces and movements related to non-violence. (Some sections linked to Peace and Justice Learning Community.) Offered Every Term.

Equivalent: HIS 2530, PS 2550, SOC 2050

PCS 3100 Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Cr. 3

Utilizing a participatory interdisciplinary format, the course examines contemporary issues in globalization with particular focus on human trafficking. These are epic times, when the call for racial, gender and economic equity has never been more pronounced. As human rights come center stage, human trafficking becomes a core concern throughout the world. The class highlights the pertinent social, cultural, political, and economic causes, with an eye towards the anthropology and sociology of slavery and sex work. The class will consider evidence that inequalities, especially structural poverty, exacerbate modern slavery worldwide. Students will develop insight in policy analysis, history and forms of slavery, policy impact monitoring, and ethnographic skills. Offered Every Term.

PCS 5000 Dispute Resolution Cr. 3

Overview of the processes and actors in the field of dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and conciliation. Offered Yearly.

Equivalent: CRJ 5994, PS 5890, PSY 5710

PCS 5010 Community or International Internship Cr. 3

Internship in dispute resolution, research, social service or international agencies in Detroit area, nationally, or abroad. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: PCS 2000 with a minimum grade of D-

PCS 5100 Advanced Special Topics Cr. 3-4

Topics may include: study of negotiating organizations and processes, advanced theory to practice applications, in-depth specialization. Offered for undergraduate credit only. Offered Intermittently.

PCS 5999 Special Readings/Research Cr. 1-4

Intensive study with faculty member on peace-related topic; may include study abroad projects. For co-majors and non-majors. Offered Every Term.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

PCS 6000 Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies Cr. 3

Students work with faculty on a semester research or creative project relevant to concepts studied in the program; serves as capstone program evaluative course. Offered for undergraduate credit only. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Senior; enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

PCS 6100 Introduction to Graduate Peace and Security Studies Cr. 3

Survey of the peace and security studies fields at the graduate level. Offered for graduate credit only. Offered Fall, Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Equivalent: PS 6100

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