Past Courses (Spring 2016)

Core Courses

26:735:544:01 Urban Space and Urban Conflict, Aldo Civico

Fulfills PCS distribution for Violent Conflict

Urban centers are becoming the theaters of new social and violent conflicts. According to the United Nations, by 2030, 80 per cent of the world population will live in urban areas. This course will explore the contribution that the field of conflict resolution and strategic peace building can offer to support efforts in lowering violence and crime. Students will apply the concepts learned in mapping and in analyzing case studies in urban violence.

Tuesday 5:30-8:10 pm

22:735:539:01 Topics in Social and Cultural Bases of Conflict and Cooperation: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation, Chris Duncan

The nature of the relationship between religion, violence, and peace is a contentious one in academia. Some argue that religion has little to do with violence and is simply a façade that hides the political and economic motivations of elite actors, while others argue that religions are inherently violent. Others take more nuanced positions, such as arguing that analysts need to pay more attention to the role and meaning given to religion by participants in violent conflicts. These approaches raise a number of questions: Is religion a source of violence or is it simply a tool used by the elite to manipulate the masses? Can religion and politics be separated? Is religion also a resource for peace and reconciliation?  The course explores how various scholars from a variety of disciplines (anthropology, sociology, political science, and religious studies) have looked at the connection or lack thereof, between religion, violence and peace. The course begins with an analysis of key concepts in understanding the role of religion in the world today, including secularism, fundamentalism, religious freedom, reconciliation, and the very idea of religion as a category. The second half of the course will focus on case studies, including Indonesia, Thailand, the Former Yugoslavia, India, and Sri Lanka.

Fulfills PCS distribution for Social and Cultural Bases of Conflict and Cooperation

Thursday 1-3:50 pm

Approved Electives

22:070:598:01 Genocide, Alex Hinton

If the 20th century, which has been called "the century of genocide," ended with the horrors of Bosnia, Rwanda, and Kosovo, genocidal violence has continued unabated into the new millennium, as illustrated by Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and even Iraq. Such genocidal violence raises many questions that we will examine in this course. How does genocide come to take place? How is it patterned? What motivates people to participate in such violence? Are there special dynamics at work in the world in which we live that are conducive to political violence and genocide? How, for example, might mass murder and its remembrance be linked to modernity and globalization? How is genocide represented, coped with, and remembered? How might it be prevented? This course will range far and wide to consider a number of cases (including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Darfur, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Turkey) and topics related to these issues. Accordingly, students will learn about the origins, dynamics, endings, and aftermaths of genocide across a number of cases with a particular emphasis on understanding how genocide is shaped by cultural understandings and institutions.

Tuesday 1-3:40 pm

26:830:610 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology: Aggression and Violence, Paul Boxer

Aggression and violence are multiply-determined behaviors. The "causes" of aggression lie with personal (e.g., temperament, IQ, impulsivity) and contextual (e.g., community violence, harsh parenting, peer deviance) sources of risk. This seminar course will review and analyze current psychological theory and research on the development and expression of aggressive and violent behavior, primarily within a broad developmental-ecological or social-ecological framework. This course also will consider methods of preventing and treating aggression that have emanated from this research and theory.

Tuesday 1-3:50pm

26:478:515:01 Immigration and Security in Europe, Arianne Chebel d’Appollonia

The intention of this course is to assess the dimensions and importance of immigration and terrorism as a present and future security issue. From the late 1970s onward, many European governments introduced tighter restrictions on their immigration and asylum policies, largely in response to the mounting sense of an "immigration problem." Prior to the events of September 11, an EU-wide "internal security ideology" encompassed a collection of issues ranging from immigration and asylum to border control, organized crime, public order, and terrorism. These issues could be arrayed along a single "security continuum."  But the terrorist attacks of 9/11 spawned an era period in Europe, just as they did in the United States. Reaction to al-Qaeda and "global" terrorism created an amalgamation of immigration and security issues throughout the EU. Accordingly, this event influenced the process of immigration on both continents-generating new restrictive policy measures, new institutions designed to improve the fight against terrorism, and affecting the perception of migrants among host populations in both sides of the Atlantic. This course is based on a comparative analysis of European and American responses to the recent challenges posed by expanded notions of "internal security". It seeks to understand the ways in which immigration policy has been affected by national security interests and foreign policies, as well as the ways in which immigration has affected national security concerns and consequentially foreign policies. Fundamentally, the goal is to understand how the immigration- terrorism dynamic plays out over time, as well as how anti-migration and counter-terrorism policies impacts civil liberties.

Wednesday 1-3:50 pm

26:478:587:01 Topics: American Grand Strategy and Security in the Modern Age, Simon Reich

In this course we first examine varied definitions of Grand Strategy and the history of American Grand Strategy. In the second section of the course we then examine the major contending views of what contemporary American Grand Strategy showed look like - covering a spectrum that varies from empire to isolationism - each one reflected in the views of the current crop of presidential candidates. The course's third section then examines these contenders in the context of some contemporary regional debates before the concluding weeks are devoted to student presentations. Each student will pick a region of the world and write a paper about both America's historic strategy there and what may be viable as a future strategy. So this is a chance to either develop a good paper for your job portfolio or some ideas as part of your future research.

Wednesday 5-7:40 pm

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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Approved Elective Courses Given in New Brunswick

34:833:572 Negotiation, Law and Policy: Managing Conflict in Public Contexts, Sanford Jaffe & Linda Stamato
Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Blaustein School, NEW BRUNSWICK

Gaining agreement on public policy issues is often difficult, indeed, more often than not, the policy making process is fraught with such contentiousness that considerable amounts of time and energy are invested in reaching decisions and managing conflicts that arise in respect of them. The court system is clogged with litigation over a myriad of governmental regulatory and civil matters; administrative agencies, federal and state, are burdened with disputes; the development and implementation of regulatory policy is mired in legalistic and adversarial rule-making processes. Objectives can be lost in the process. The last several decades has witnessed the growth of less costly and time-consuming ways to deal with disputes in order to reduce their incidence, and, to improve decision-making. These initiatives rest on consensual rather than adversarial models. In the public policy arena, negotiation, mediation and facilitated collaboration predominate as processes that can produce stable, practical and lasting solutions to policy needs. The basic purpose of this course is to acquaint students with these developments, loosely referred to as “conflict resolution,” and their relationship to planning and policy-making. Understanding the legal context is critical to recognizing the value of alternatives to litigation. Accordingly, students will come to understand that context, the relationship of law to policy, the limits of law and legal process, and the place that negotiation and conflict resolution occupy in that universe. Students are introduced to problem-solving scholarship and case studies that illustrate collaborative, creative and responsive methods for meeting public needs. Practitioners of conflict resolution use analytical and intervention skills to address organizational, policy and legislative concerns in areas as diverse as the workplace, the community, government regulatory practice and international relations. Increasingly, they build on innovations in negotiation, mediation, organizational development and communication to design systems to improve decision-making and to manage conflict. Accordingly, the focus of the course is also experiential; emphasizing the construction of knowledge and skill development, it provides students with opportunities to apply concepts and practice negotiation and intervention skills in hypothetical and factual policy and planning contexts.

Tuesday 1:10-3:50 (May need a special permission number)

519 Political Form and Anthropology, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

This seminar situates politics around other tensions than the friend-foe binary, which Carl Schmitt argued, at the beginning of the 20th century, was the elementary foundation of the political. We will engage comparatively a selection of ethnographic accounts and theories that focus on alternative political forms. "Political form" here means broadly the various social and cultural configurations that organize collective and individual life vis-a-vis the exercise of power and the construction of authority. We will try to account for the diversity of various conceptions of what constitutes the political and the effects of these conceptions on the organization of tensions and conflict. Such an approach implies both a sensitivity to the changes that accompanied the emergence of modern states with their administrative technologies (populations, nations, elections) and to the social forms (authoritarian, monarchical, democratic, totalitarian) that grew out of the use of the modern state form of organizing territory and people. The course will consider the gains and losses accrued through colonialism, independence movements, and the embrace of social transformation. Theoretical debates will include a reflection on patriarchic authority, political theology, the nationalization of religious belonging, genocide and collective violence as it relates to group solidarity or dissolution, regulated anarchy in stateless societies (segmentary organization), big man and chief systems, as well as the anonymous mass. The seminar will pay particular attention to how political form becomes imminent in everyday practice, bodies, sensory experiences, memories, and identifications.

Monday 2:15-5:15

16:070:529 Racialization, Immigration, and the Politics of Citizenship, Nina Siulc

This seminar examines anthropological literature on citizenship – both legal and social—in the modern nation state. We will read a combination of books and journal articles that offer methodological, theoretical, and ethnographic insights into historical and contemporary membership projects. Readings explore ideas about belonging and exclusion, including debates about formal membership, processes of racialization and racial formation, and the relationship of immigration, globalization, and transnationalism to individual and national identities. The seminar will be relevant to M.A. and Ph.D. students across the social sciences and humanities who are developing projects or careers with a focus on immigration, citizenship and national identity, globalization, racialization, and social practices of inclusion and exclusion more broadly. Interested students are welcome to contact Professor Nina Siulc at for more information about course readings and topics and how the course may fit with your interests.

Wednesdays 2:15 PM - 5:15 PM