Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2021

PCON 218   Practices of Peace & Conflict
Credits1
RestrictionsNo 2023 2022 Instr perm req during Drop/Add
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
DistributionSocial Relations,Inst.& Agents
Core AreaGlobal Engagements

Introduces students to a range of approaches and problems in the descriptive analysis of peace and conflict. Students juxtapose core theoretical texts on war and violence from the social and human sciences with detailed ethnographic case studies. Practices of contemporary conflict are paired with the interpretive paradigms whose aim is to understand and resolve them. For example, case studies in terror are paired with the field of trauma studies; specific regional conflicts with theories of global networks; and contemporary mass violence with analysis of genocide perpetration. In the process, introduces students to important methodological paradigms from the social sciences, chiefly from anthropology, sociology, and geography, as well as humanities-based approaches from comparative religion, literature, and language studies.