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COURSE CATALOGUE : PEACE STUDIES

Peace Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a program offering an interdisciplinary minor. It focuses on the conditions that promote social justice and the non-violent resolution of conflict in relations among individuals, groups, societies, and nations. The program combines philosophical inquiry, historical understanding, critical analysis of contemporary social conditions, experiential learning, and a deep commitment to educating and empowering students for citizenship in a world of greater peace, equity, and social justice. Our objective for the minor in Peace Studies is to prepare students to speak and act in their lives out of deep commitment to creating conditions of social equality and respect for others.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 7 courses
All courses must be completed with a C- or better. Courses taken for Credit/No Credit may not be counted toward the minor.  At least three courses must be unique to the minor.

  • One foundation course: REL 105 Religion, Peace, and Conflict.
  • Two core courses: one from Group A and one from Group B. Group A courses provide a theoretical foundation for the study of peace, justice, and conflict. Group B courses provide close observation and experiential learning relevant to the peacemaker role, and/or meaningfully incorporate a substantial community service requirement.
  • Two electives from Group 1 or 2: Courses in Group 1 provide a substantive foundation in the study of peace and justice; courses in Group 2 provide a substantive foundation in the study of peace and conflict.
  • One supervised full credit practicum/internship (PCST 399) or two one-half unit supervised community service practica. Ordinarily a full credit practicum represents a minimum of 150 hours (75 hours for one-half credit) of community service, internship placement, or other experiential learning, approved by the student’s program adviser and documented by a weekly reflective journal and a final report.
  • Senior Independent Project (PCST 450): Enacting Peace: A self-initiated project that involves in some way a peacemaker role under the supervision of a Peace Studies program faculty adviser. Projects may include creative works and performance and include summer projects judged of equivalent sustained commitment by the adviser. Note: Additional information regarding program requirements is available from program faculty.

Core Group A: Theoretical Foundations for the Study of Peace, Justice, and Conflict
ASN 225 Tibetan Buddhism
ECON 236 Radical Political Economy
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
PHIL 152 Philosophy and Feminism
PHIL 155 Morality and War
PHIL 157 Ethical Inquiry: A Multicultural Approach
PHIL 159 Global Justice
PHIL 232 Liberty and Community
POL 180 Introduction to International Relations
POL 249 Protest Politics in Comparative Perspective
POL 380 Theories of International Relations
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
REL 228 Religion and Resistance
SJSP 100 Foundations of Social Justice
SOC 300 Classical Sociological Theory
SOC 325 Moral Sociology and the Good Society
SOC 370 Theories of Religion: Religion, Power, and Social Transformation
WMST 372 Peace (if not selected to meet the foundation course requirement)

Core Group B: Theory in Action
PCST 201 Teaching Peace (if not elected to meet the foundation course requirement)
PHIL 234 Theories of Right and Wrong
PHIL 235 Morality and Self-Interest
POL 212 The Sixties in American Politics
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Action
SJSP 101 Community-Based Research: Introduction to the Scholarship of Engagement
SOC 290 Sociology of Community

Elective Group 1: Peace and Justice
AFS 201 South Africa: An Orientation
AFS 202 South African Women’s Narratives
ASN 225 Tibetan Buddhism
BIDS 211 Labor: Domestic and Global
ECON 236 Radical Political Economy
ENV 333 Environmental Justice and American Literature
PHIL 157 Ethical Inquiry: A Multicultural Approach
PHIL 159 Global Justice
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Action
REL 103 Journeys and Stories 
REL 108 Religion and Alienation in 20th Century Culture
REL 228 Religion and Resistance
REL 236 Gender and Islam 
REL 238 Liberating Theology
REL 281 Unspoken Worlds: Women, Religion, and Culture 
REL 283 Que(e)rying Religious Studies 
REL 347 Gender and Globalization in the Muslim World 
SOC 259 Fight For Your Rights! The Sociology of Social Movements
SOC 290 Sociology of Community
SOC 325 Moral Sociology and the Good Society
SOC 370 Theories of Religion: Religion, Power, and Social Transformation
THTR 290 Theater for Social Change
WMST 372 Peace (if not elected to meet the foundation course requirement)

Elective Group 2: Peace and Conflict
AMST 100 History and Form of American Culture
AMST 302 The Culture of Empire
ENG 111 The Experience of War in Literature
ENG 276 Imagining the Middle East
ENG 316 Hearts of Darkness
FRNE 219 North African Cinema and literature
FRNE 395 Race in 18th Century French Culture
HIST 103 Revolutionary Europe
HIST 237 Europe Since the War
HIST 238 The World Wars in Global Perspective
HIST 272 Nazi Germany
HIST 284 Africa: From Colonialism to Neocolonialism
HIST 285 The Middle East: Roots of Conflict
HIST 301 The Enlightenment
HIST 320 History and Memory: The Asia Pacific Wars
HIST 461 Seminar: War and Peace in the Middle East
MDSC 224 The Age of Propaganda I
MDSC 225 The Age of Propaganda II
POL 180 Introduction to International Relations
POL 212 The Sixties and American Politics
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 249 Protest Politics in Comparative Perspective
POL 254 Globalization
POL 283 Terrorism
POL 290 American Foreign Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
REL 250 Race and Religion 
REL 255 Pace and Violence in the Qur'an 
REL 265 The West and the Qur'an 
REL 271 The History and Impact of the Holocaust
REL 274 Zionism, the State of Israel, and the Middle East Conflict
REL 335 Jihad
REL 401 Literary and Theological Responses to the Holocaust
SOC 356 Power and Powerlessness
SPAN 317 Arte y Revolución
SPNE 355 Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in English)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
PCST 399 Internship A minimum of 150 hours of community service, internship placement, or other experiential learning, approved by the student’s program adviser and documented by a weekly reflective journal and a final report.

PCST 450 Senior Independent Project: Enacting Peace A self-initiated project that involves in some way a peacemaker role under the supervision of a Peace Studies program faculty adviser.

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