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
(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)
S = Requirements for the Program
The student must complete a minimum of six courses, at least one
from each of the five groupings listed below.
One of the courses must be POL 161b (Causes and Prevention of
War), or SOC 119a (War and Possibilities of Peace).
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.
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.
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.
Violence and War
War and the American Imagination
Violence in American Life
Fascism East and West
The Second World War
War in Vietnam
The Politics of Revolution:
State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World
Causes and Prevention of War
War and Possibilities of Peace
The Spanish Civil War
Explaining Conflict: Global
Political and Economic Dimensions
Economy and Society in Africa
Political Economy of the Third
Business in the Global Economy
Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining,
and Public Policy
Introduction to the Economics
Introduction to East Asian
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Introduction to International
Politics of Africa
Latin American Politics I
Latin American Politics II
Seminar: The Modern Chinese
Seminar: Nationalism and Development
Seminar: Human Rights and International
Introduction to International
Seminar: International Politics
of the Pacific
Sociology of the Israeli-Palestinian
Society, State, and Power:
The Problem of Democracy
Explaining Conflict: Resource
Economics of Third World Hunger
Human Reproduction, Population
Explosion, Global Consequences
The Planet as an Organism:
Gaia Theory and the Human Prospect
Water: Planning for the Future
Science and Development
Seminar: Politics and Hunger
Nature and Technology
Explaining Conflict: Social
and Cultural Dimensions
Comparative Race and Ethnic
Language, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
Topics in New World Studies:
The Empire Writes Back
Sex Discrimination and the
Ethics and the Jewish Political
Global Apartheid and Global
Social Class and Social Change
Modern Capitalism: Society
Conflict Management and
International Law, Organizations,
and Conflict Resolution
Conflict Analysis and Intervention
Social and Political Philosophy:
Democracy and Disobedience
Seminar: Managing Ethnic Conflict
Social Psychology of Consciousness
Sociology of Empowerment
Additional courses from various
departments may be added by petition to the PAX Steering Committee.
Students should watch for special announcements.