peace and conflict syllabus

peace and conflict syllabus - ICPRH111B Introduction to...

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ICPRH111B Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies Spring 2008 Tues. & Thurs., 11:30-1:00, in Stokes 010 TA Discussion Sections Th 7-8, Th 9-10, Su 7-8 Professor Maria McMath Teaching Assistants Office: Founders 027 Cedar Balazs ([email protected]) [email protected] Emily Higgs ([email protected]) Office Hours: TTH 1:30-2:30, and by appointment Marien Levy ([email protected]) Course Description This introductory level course is intended for beginning students in the field of peace and conflict studies. Advanced students with active interests in these areas may also enroll, however, the class is oriented towards freshmen and sophomores. The class will be strictly limited to 40 students. Course Overview This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Peace and Conflict Studies. It will draw on perspectives from anthropology, social psychology, political science, sociology, history, economics and law. We will consider why conflicts occur, and what kinds of responses are employed to address them. Course Readings The following books have been ordered through the Haverford College bookstore, and will also be on reserve at Magill Library: Bourgois, et al. Violence in War and Peace, An Anthology. Hinton, ed. Genocide: An Anthropological Reader Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed With our Families Gusterson, Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War Lutz, Homefront: A Military City and the American 20 th Century Sluka, Death Squad: The Anthropology of State Terror Scheper-Hughes, Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil All other readings and films for the course will be available through electronic reserves on Blackboard, or through Tripod [electronic resources] like Anthrosource, JSTOR, Ebrary, etc.
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Course Requirements 25% Participation in class discussions 40% Short Written Assignments 35% Final paper 25% Participation in class discussions Attendance – Students are expected to come on-time to all classes. You should give written notification by email at least 24 hours in advance for any absence(s). Your final participation grade will reflect your attendance record. Participation – A significant portion of your grade is determined by the quality (not just the quantity) of remarks and questions you raise in class, so keep your comments concise and relevant. Our level of conversation is raised when we all have a basic understanding of the reading. If you have outstanding questions after thoroughly reading the assigned material, then it is your responsibility to come to class prepared to raise those issues . Pop quizzes may be given at the discretion of the instructor to ensure thorough completion of weekly reading and film assignments. Participation is not an optional part of the course, so if you are experiencing difficulty in speaking in class, make an appointment to meet with me and we can devise a strategy to improve your performance. You are expected to make a productive contribution to each discussion.
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