Past Courses (Fall 2016)

Core Courses

26:735:501:01 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

This course is a required first semester Introduction for all incoming MA PCS students. The basic structure, goals and requirements are discussed. Then each class is a presentation by one of the MA PCS Core Faculty, describing their Core Courses and research interests. Students will attain a general overview of Peace and Conflict Studies as approached by our program, and be better able to plan their individual course of study. Students and faculty will get acquainted, and an incoming class will all get to know each other as a cohort..

Tuesday 5:30-8:20 pm


26:735:519:01 Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies, Kraus

Fulfills Distribution Requirement in Social and Cultural Bases of Conflict and Cooperation

GLOBAL SOC STRATIFICATION AND INEQUALITY - The unprecedented grown in the gap between rich and poor is a key factor  in both intra- and inter-national conflict. This course is a comprehensive graduate course on social stratification and inequality in global perspective. By studying poverty and inequality with an eye toward key stratifying principles of race, class, and gender, we will study the precipitous rise, striking persistence, and myriad effects of inequality, often despite attempts at egalitarian policymaking.

Monday 1:00-3:50 pm


26:735:563:01 Transitional Justice, Recovery, & Legacies of Atrocity, Rojas-Perez

Fulfills Distribution Requirement in Nonviolence and Recovery from Violence

“Transitional Justice” examines the broader ethical and political question of how contemporary post-conflict societies recover from devastating state-sponsored violence. By means of an interdisciplinary approach and a focus on case studies, students will develop a critical understanding of how survivors and affected communities in former war-torn areas remake their local worlds and everyday lives, working towards social coexistence, justice and memory within and outside state-sponsored projects of transitional justice. The course speaks to debates in legal anthropology; anthropology of violence; human rights studies; interdisciplinary theories of transitional justice; theories of “post-conflict;” and cultural elaboration of mourning and commemoration in the aftermath of atrocity.

Wednesday 5:30-8:20 pm




26:070:530:01 Anthropology and War, Ferguson

This course is a survey of anthropological approaches to war.  It does not cover theories from political science, the history of Europe or the great powers, or other “standard” war topics.  This course looks at the nature of war as a human institution, where it comes from, and how it affects society.  It asks how can we better understand war by using the vast range of cultures and behaviors that anthropologists study, and how those insights may relate to wars raging in the world today.  It begins by examining the actual practice of war in “tribal” societies, then moves to theoretical overviews about interrelationships between war and society.  Next come two units examining evidence and debates about “human nature” and war in humanity’s distant past.  Four units sequentially present detailed discussions about war in relation to ecology, economy, and kinship, gender relations, values and belief systems, and finally, politics.  The latter part of the semester shifts to the contemporary world.  Two units examine first theories, then cases, of “ethnic” and other violence.  The next unit deals with topics and cases related to the current global confrontation over terrorism, and the next with contemporary issues about anthropological engagement with military and security organizations.  We conclude with a focus on peace.

Thursday 5:30-8:10pm


26:478:514:01 Ethics, Security, and Global Affairs, Chebel d'Appollonia

This course examines the foundations of ethics in public policy, and their role in answering some of the most pressing, topical and difficult challenges of this and successive generations (such as terrorism, humanitarian interventions, climate change, economic globalization). We will attempt to apply these principles by learning about some of the basic literature on ethics in international relations, debating the pros and cons of the various approaches, and there implications for public policies. For students, the course’s objectives are to establish a solid foundation in the literature on ethics in international affairs, develop greater analytical agility in applying theoretical material to a wide array of recent cases, and expand proficiency in communicating concepts through weekly class participation as well as the presentation.

Wednesday 1:00-3:40pm


26:478:574:01 Modern Political Terrorism, Samuels

This seminar will examine selected topics concerning contemporary terrorism through overview lectures and informed discussion based on extensive reading.

Tuesday 1:00-3:40pm


26:478:537:01 Global Governance, Reich

This course is designed to acquaint students with a broad understanding of the primary actors, institutions and issues in the field of Global Governance - and how each relate to ongoing dynamics and deliberations in national, international and global policy debates. As a survey course, it includes three elements; theoretical, historical and policy issue components -- all designed to inform you about the cycles of these debates. The major themes focus on threats and evolving forms of conflict, processes of democratization, and poverty and development.

Wednesday 5:00-7:40pm


26:478:516:01 Human Security Seminar, Reich

The growth in the number of failed and fragile states, marked by the failure of the rule of law, has been sustained over the course of the last decade. The product in many countries has been civil conflict, the deprivation of human rights and the displacement of large numbers of the population who are subject to violence in a variety of forms. From Latin America to Africa and Asia, internally displaced persons and refugees have sought sanctity. These efforts, however, have often proved unsuccessful, often resulting in high mortality rates. In this seminar we shall examine the questions of how and why human security emerged, what it entails, and the issue of the protection of vulnerable populations in the context of civil and military conflict.

Thursday 5:00-7:40pm


20:834:561 Applied Statistics

Statistical tools and techniques used to inform policy analysis and management decision-making. Covers descriptive statistics, graphing data, confidence intervals, significance testing, correlation, cross-tabulation, and regression, including an introduction to multiple regression. Encourages hands-on work with real data, use of statistical software, and the effective presentation of statistical information.

Fulfills Methodology Requirement

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New Brunswick

16:070:537:01 Anthropology of Human Rights, Goldstein

Human rights is a global conception that has produced many and varied impacts, has been adapted and reworked in local contexts worldwide, and has become the object of as well as a resource for popular struggle, state policymaking, and transnational movements – all of which makes it a perfect subject for anthropological analysis. But anthropology has a long and complicated relationship with human rights, as this course explores. We will examine the origins and expansion of human rights thinking, and the impacts this has had on national formations and local contexts. We will go on to consider the conflicts between culture and rights that have emerged in this process, and the question of universality in the application of human rights around the world. The course will also consider the ways in which rights conceptions have been mobilized in local struggles, with a particular geographical focus on Latin America. We will look at specific manifestations of rights as captured in ethnographic writing, including issues of indigenous rights, women’s rights, the relationship between security and rights, and the rights of transnational migrants. Students will develop one particular theme from among those studied in their final research paper for the course.

Monday 3:55-6:55pm