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International Education

Conflict, Culture and Social Justice

ANTH 630 Anthropology and Humanitarian Action (3:3:0).Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Examination of humanitarian action from an anthropological perspective, with attention to the cultural, biological, environmental, and political dimensions of humanitarian crises and the actual and potential responses to them.

ANTH 631 Refugees in the Contemporary World (3:3:0).Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Seminar on the major refugee flows in the second half of the 20th century, with emphasis on the mechanisms for providing assistance, asylum, and resettlement.

ANTH 632 International Migration in Comparative Perspective (3:3:0).Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Seminar on international migration in the contemporary world. Comparative course with attention to the full range of economic, political, and social reasons for migration and the effects of different national policies on that process.

ANTH 721 Culture, Power, and Conflict (3:3:0).Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. This course explores power and social conflict through the lens of cultural analysis. Special attention is paid to the role of cultural differences in the structuring of conflict, and to the deployment of cultural theory in formulating a practice of conflict resolution.

CONF 701 Theories of Social Harmony (3:3:0).Prerequisite: CONF 501 or 801; CONF 601 recommended but not required. Part of a series of theory courses and the companion to CONF 601. This course explores theories that define and explain social harmony and cooperation. Examining social institutions that manage and mediate conflict at all levels (interpersonal to international), the course provides a foundation for subsequent courses in peace building, peace making, multilateral organizations, social change, and development.

CONF 709 War, Violence, and Conflict Resolution (3:3:0).Prerequisite: CONF 501 or 801. Considers various theories of violence, its causes and conditions, and applies them to a variety of instances: family abuse, religious and ethnic violence; terrorism, revolution, and warfare. Insights gained from study of initiation, escalation, management, resolution, and prevention of violence are applied to theories about the resolution of deep-rooted conflicts.

CONF 724 Conflict and "-isms" (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CONF 501 or 801. "Them" and "Us." Deals with the identification and analysis of interrelationships and similarities among the various ways human beings bifurcate themselves into "us" and "them" based on national, ethnic, religious, gender, and other criteria. Further, the course explores the role these divisions play in the development and intractability of identity-based conflicts and the implications for conflict analysis and resolution. Examples include nationalism, racism, sexism, ageism, classism.

CONF 732 Conflict in Development (3:3:0).Prerequisite: CONF 501 or 801. Economic and social development cause trauma as new ideas conflict with old ones. Particularly when development is generated or directed by forces outside of a culture, the conflict takes on deep-rooted character. This course explores how conflict analysis and resolution approaches can be applied to conflicts of development and change.

CONF 735 Global Context of Conflict (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CONF 501 or 801. Advances students' skills and expands their knowledge base in critical analysis and creative problem solving. The root causes of conflict in a global context are examined in terms of gender inequality, cultural differences, unequal North/South relations, militarism, economic oppression, genocide, maldevelopment, religious and ethnic struggle, and environmental scarcity. Students are expected to develop their own conceptual tool boxes needed to analyze conflicts in different parts of the world.

CONF 747 Reconciliation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CONF 501 or 801. Explores processes of acknowledgment, reconciliation, forgiveness, and restitution. Literature, case studies, and other research are reviewed to assess the applicability and impact of these efforts.

CONF 801 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution (3:3:0).Prerequisite or corequisite for all PhD. CONF students. Introduction to the field of conflict analysis and resolution for doctoral students. Examines definitions of conflict and diverse views of its "resolution." Explores thinking about human behavior and social systems as they relate to the origins of conflict and the role of conflict in violent and peaceful social change. Considers appropriate responses to conflict at interpersonal, intergroup, industrial, communal, and international levels.

CULT 802 Histories of Cultural Studies (3:3:0).Prerequisite: Admission to program, to MA "feeder" track, or permission of instructor.This course required of all students. Provides a historical survey of the principal works and theories of cultural studies. Offers an overview of the contemporary situation of cultural studies and assesses the possibilities for its future development.

CULT 810 Culture and Political Economy (3:3:0).Prerequisite: CULT 802. Designed to survey many of the social science and humanities classics that relate cultural production and consumption to underlying political economic conditions: from Marx to Lukacs to the Frankfurt School, from work in semiotic neo-Marxism to productivist theories of power indebted to Foucault, and taking in such diverse sources as Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Harvey, Jameson, Mauss, Mill, Polanyi, Sahlins, A. Smith, and Weber.

CULT 818 Social Institutions (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CULT 802. Considers theories of institutional practice and social structures, from Max Weber to Michel Foucault. Covers such key topics for cultural studies as prisons, bureaucracies, museums, schools, political parties, and social movements.

CULT 820 After Colonialism: Race, Ethnicity, Nationalism (3:3:0).Prerequisite: CULT 802. Surveys the making of racial, ethnic, caste, and national identities in colonial contexts; the roles of scientific racism in both "periphery" and "core" sites; the subsequent history of race, ethnic, national identities and conflicts; classical and contemporary texts by authors such as DuBois, Fanon, Gilroy, and Spivak; and the particular place of issues of national, racial, and ethnic identities in contemporary cultural studies.

EDUC 893 Seminar in Educational Anthropology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to PhD in Education and Human Development program or permission of instructor. Examines how theories and research from educational anthropology and educational sociology can help clarify and address contemporary educational issues and concerns. Focuses on U.S. public schools, with comparative materials from other educational settings and other societies.

SOCI 523 Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives (3:3:0).Prerequisite: Undergraduate senior status in sociology, graduate standing, or permission of instructor. Demographic purview of racial and ethnic groups in the United States; racial and ethnic groups as human-social-minority groups. Factors making for minority status including personality factors, group cultural factors; reactions of racial and ethnic minorities to minority status; programs, methods, social movements, and philosophies seeking to change minority group status.
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