Past Courses (Fall 2017)

Core Courses

735 Peace and Conflict Studies

26:735:501 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, The Program Faculty

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.

26:977:624:02 (26:735:502) Foundations of Social Theory (Classical Foundations of Social Theory), Ira Cohen

This course provides a graduate level introduction to the works of the classical theorists who laid the foundations for modern social thought with additional coverage of theorists who have developed and expanded upon classical theoretical themes. Students will acquire competence in concepts, methods and critical visions of modernity that are the lingua franca across many otherwise disparate fields in the social sciences today. Major emphasis will be given to the thought of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber.  Fulfills Theory Requirement

26:735:525 Environmental Conflict, Genese Sodikoff

Competition over territory and natural resources often leads to social conflict. This course focuses on the ways power dynamics shape landscapes, cause conflict, and exacerbate problems of ecological scarcity and degradation. Historical and ethnographic case studies illuminate the ways environmental conflicts have been framed by policy makers, social scientists, and people on the ground. These include, for example, the forceful displacement of Native Americans for the creation of national parks in the United States, the seizure of African savannah by British colonialists for large-game hunting preserves, the delimitation of rain forest by states and NGOs for biodiversity protection and ecotourism, and the enforcement of international bans against killing endangered species in regions where poverty is acute. Texts explore influential theories of environmental conflict, such as the “tragedy of the commons,” scarcity-induced violence, political ecology, postcolonial mindsets, and overpopulation, as well as scholarly critiques of these perspectives.

26:735:541 Irregular War: History, Culture, and Theory, R. Brian Ferguson

“Irregular War” is an ethnography-based examination of recent intrastate wars, when at least one party is not a government-based military, and different sides have a distinct social and cultural character. Students will develop a critical and comparative perspective on theories about cultural values, social organization, identities, interests, leaders, group formation, power, “the State,” violence, and history. Beginning with contrasting theoretical perspectives, eleven weeks will then focus on detailed examination of major areas of recent irregular war, each with a comparable counterpoint conflict. Student teams will research and present cases, and are tasked to identify critical junctures where mass violence became more likely, and conflict resolution efforts that do or do not address underlying causes of war.

Approved Electives

070 Anthropology

New Brunswick

16:070:526 Urban Ethnography (3 credits), Siulc

Mondays 10:55-1:55

Classic and contemporary urban ethnographies of the United States and elsewhere. Urban methods, construction of the "the field," and epistemological concerns. Modernity and global cities. Space, race, and class. Representations of urbanism.

26:070:573:01 Human Rights, Hate, and Mass Atrocity, Alex Hinton

Since the passage of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), human rights have become one of the leitmotifs of the modern world, one whose emergence is directly bound up with the Holocaust in particular and mass atrocity more generally. This course explores the origins and proliferation of concepts and institutions related to human rights and mass atrocity as well as related issues such as justice, slavery, transnational institutions and flows, gender, grass- roots activism, peacebuilding, mass human rights violations, and genocide. We will be particularly interested in how human rights ideas, laws, institutions, movements, and practices are enacted, transformed, contested, and understood in a variety of contexts, ranging from international courts to rural villages in the Global South. In addition, we will focus on the secondary themes of intervention and hate. Throughout the course, you are expected to continually reflect not just on the readings, but also on how the ideas and issues discussed in class relate to the worlds throughout you move and human rights and mass atrocity more broadly.

In studying these issues, we will take a “critical human rights” approach that generates a set of related epistemological questions. What, exactly, are “human rights?” Where did the idea come from and how has it been defined and examined over time? Such questions may be asked about the field of human rights itself. What sorts of disciplinary practices and forms of knowledge are characteristic of the field? Critical human rights studies involves such inquiry, which is metaphorically illustrated by the etymology of “analysis,” which suggests an “unloosing” or an “unpacking” of the frames of human rights.

478 Global Affairs


26:478:514 Ethics, Security, and Global Affairs (3 credits), Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia

Wednesdays 1:00-3:40pm

School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark

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.

26:478:537 Global Governance (3 credits), Reich

Wednesdays 5 pm

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.

26:478:588 Topics in Global Affairs: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East (3 credits), Hashemi

By arr.


790 Political Science

New Brunswick

16:790:521 Proseminar: Theories of International Politics (3 credits),  Midlarsky

Thursday 12-2:40

This seminar is intended to provide an overview of existing theories of international politics, as well as to introduce new emphases that have arisen in response to recent events.  Relationships between theory, methodology, and public policy will be explored, especially in the most egregious cases of political violence: mass violence and terrorism. Realism and its variants, still constituting the reigning paradigmatic approach to the study of world politics receive a large share of attention, followed by liberalism, rational choice, constructivism, cooperation, institutions, genocide and mass violence, civil conflict, human rights, and international political economy as more recent concerns.

977 Urban Systems

26:977:624:01 Special Topics in Urban Systems (3 credits),  Cohen

Monday 2:30-5:10