1997-98 University Bulletin Entry for:

Peace and Conflict Studies Program

S = Objectives

Since the end of World War II, peace and conflict studies has emerged as an interdisciplinary area of inquiry drawing on social science, the humanities, the creative arts, and science in efforts to understand reasons for war and possible ways of resolving conflicts without resorting to violence. In the last few years, for many people the primary focus of inquiry is shifting from the Cold War and the nuclear threat to conflict resolution in small and large contexts. The Brandeis program reflects this tendency.

This is a time to examine the many meanings of "security," to investigate the nature of power and political participation and to develop ideas and ways of addressing conflicts that honor the integrity of all parties involved. This is a time, in other words, to learn alternatives to violence.

S = How to Become A Program Member

Students who wish to take peace and conflict studies as a program in addition to their fields of concentration can construct an individually tailored program in consultation with program advisors on the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

S = Committee

Gordon Fellman, Chair


Seyom Brown


Charles Fisher


Reuven Kimelman

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Robert Lange


Richard Parmentier


John Schrecker


Silvan Schweber


Maurice Stein


Dessima Williams


S = Requirements for the Program

A. The student must complete a minimum of six courses, at least one from each of the five groupings listed below.

B. One of the courses must be POL 161b (Causes and Prevention of War), or SOC 119a (War and Possibilities of Peace).

C. Courses must be chosen from at least two different departments.

D. Students must attend a noncredit monthly colloquium of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

S = Courses of Instruction

Each PAX student must take one of the following two courses.

POL 161b Causes and Prevention of War

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Insights from world history, the social sciences, and political philosophy about the causes and prevention of war. Includes an examination of current conflict control issues, including controversies over the role of the United Nations. Usually offered every year.

Mr. Brown

SOC 119a War and Possibilities of Peace

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Reviews consequences of militarism for American society and issues of global interdependence, focusing on political-economic, feminist, and social psychological matters; national security, nonviolence, and international relations; and ecofeminist and environmental issues. Emphasizes the possibility of a major "paradigm shift." Usually offered every year.

Mr. Fellman

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Elective Courses

The following courses approved for the program are not all given in any one year, so the Course Schedule for each semester should be consulted. PAX program students must take at least one course in each of the five groups.

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Violence and War


War and the American Imagination

AMST 175a

Violence in American Life

HIST 139b

Fascism East and West

HIST 186a

The Second World War

HIST 186b

War in Vietnam

POL 128a

The Politics of Revolution: State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World

POL 161b

Causes and Prevention of War

SOC 119a

War and Possibilities of Peace

SECS 182b

The Spanish Civil War

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Explaining Conflict: Global Political and Economic Dimensions

AAAS 80a

Economy and Society in Africa

AAAS 126b

Political Economy of the Third World

ECON 33a

Business in the Global Economy

ECON 76b

Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining, and Public Policy

ECON 175a

Introduction to the Economics of Development

HIST 80a

Introduction to East Asian Civilization

NEJS 147b

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

POL 15a

Introduction to International Relations

POL 140a

Politics of Africa

POL 144a

Latin American Politics I

POL 144b

Latin American Politics II

POL 147b

Seminar: The Modern Chinese Revolution

POL 151b

Seminar: Nationalism and Development

POL 163a

Seminar: Human Rights and International Relations

POL 172b

Introduction to International Political Economy

POL 178a

Seminar: International Politics of the Pacific

SOC 157a

Sociology of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation

SOC 161a

Society, State, and Power: The Problem of Democracy

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Explaining Conflict: Resource Dimensions

AAAS 60a

Economics of Third World Hunger

AMST 20a

Environmental Issues


Human Reproduction, Population Explosion, Global Consequences

BIOL 17b



The Planet as an Organism: Gaia Theory and the Human Prospect

ECON 57a

Environmental Economics

ENVS 11b

Water: Planning for the Future


Science and Development

POL 179a

Seminar: Politics and Hunger

SOC 174b

Nature and Technology

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Explaining Conflict: Social and Cultural Dimensions

AAAS 116b

Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations

ANTH 139b

Language, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

COML 193a

Topics in New World Studies: The Empire Writes Back

LGLS 120a

Sex Discrimination and the Law

NEJS 132b

Ethics and the Jewish Political Tradition

PHIL 19a

Human Rights

SOC 107a

Global Apartheid and Global Social Movements

SOC 112b

Social Class and Social Change

SOC 114b

Modern Capitalism: Society and Economy

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Conflict Management and Peace-building

LGLS 125b

International Law, Organizations, and Conflict Resolution

LGLS 130a

Conflict Analysis and Intervention

PHIL 20a

Social and Political Philosophy: Democracy and Disobedience

POL 127b

Seminar: Managing Ethnic Conflict

SOC 148a

Social Psychology of Consciousness I

SOC 153a

Sociology of Empowerment

SOC 195b

Group Solidarity

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Additional courses from various departments may be added by petition to the PAX Steering Committee. Students should watch for special announcements.