Peace Studies (PCS)

Academic Catalog 2011–2012

  • Loramy Gerstbauer, Program Director

Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that addresses the problems of war, social oppression, and violence, and the challenges of implementing nonviolent conflict resolution and social justice. Peace Studies serves to focus knowledge from diverse disciplines to converge on the problems of violence and the challenges of finding peaceful solutions.

The Peace Studies program strongly recommends study or work abroad for its students to gain international awareness and experience. Many institutions with which Gustavus has an official affiliation offer courses in the areas of peace and conflict resolution studies which may be substituted for Gustavus courses (up to two) and applied toward the Peace Studies minor.

Students are encouraged to consult with the following faculty who serve as resource persons and advisors in the various disciplines that contribute to the minor in Peace Studies: Loramy Gerstbauer, director (Political Science), Sidonia Alenuma- Nimoh (Education), Thia Cooper (Religion), Seán Easton (Classics), Richard Leitch (Political Science), and Suzanne Wilson (Sociology/Anthropology).

Peace Studies Minor:

Five courses chosen in consultation with an advisor in Peace Studies. No more than two of the five courses may be from the same department. They are to be distributed as follows:

  1. PCS-211, Introduction to Peace Studies.
  2. At least one course must be selected from each of the following three tracks. Courses must be taken from at least two departments. When possible, students wanting any of these courses to count toward the minor should notify the instructor at the start of the course.
    1. Track I: Global Justice: International Norms, Institutions, and States
      • E/M-284Economic Development
      • ENG-281Postcolonial Literatures
      • GEG-102World Regional Geography
      • GEG-233Central America/Caribbean
      • GEG-235Sub-Saharan Africa
      • HIS-263Cuba
      • HIS-265Mexican American History
      • HIS-323European Minorities
      • HIS-343America and the Vietnam War
      • POL-130International Relations
      • POL-250Politics of Developing Nations
      • POL-340U.S. Foreign Policy
      • S/A-243Globalization
      • S/A-270Ethnic and Religious Conflict
    2. Track II: Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, and Culture
      • COM-257Intercultural Communication
      • ENG-126Ethnic American Literature
      • PHI-102Racism and Sexism
      • PHI-109Philosophies of Environment
      • PHI-243Ethics of Int’l. Development
      • POL-280Revolution, Resistance & Liberation
      • PSY-336Humanistic Psychology
      • REL-115World Religions
      • REL-233Christian Social Ethics
      • REL-273Religion and Politics in Latin America
      • REL-373The Holocaust and Theology
      • REL-383Liberation Struggles in the 2/3 World
      • S/A-111Cultural Anthropology
    3. Track III: Social and Historical Issues
      • GWS-224Staying Alive, Living on the Margins
      • GWS-236Women and the Holocaust
      • HIS-160Introduction to Latin America
      • HIS-232African American History
      • HIS-236American Radicalism
      • HIS-264Mexican Revolution
      • HIS-334Civil Rights Movement at Community Level
      • PHI-105School and Society
      • S/A-113Social Problems
      • S/A-235Social Inequality
      • S/A-237American Minorities
      • S/A-273Social Welfare
      • T/D-136Creating Social Justice Theatre
      • T/D-236Theatre and Society
  3. One course credit selected in consultation with an advisor from the following choices: independent study, study abroad, senior thesis.

211Introduction to Peace Studies(1 course) This course is about violence and its alternatives. We examine the causes and nature of violence and aggression among individuals, groups and nations. We consider whether there are appropriate uses of violence by weighing the competing claims of just war versus pacifist theories. We explore the meaning of peace, including concepts of negative and positive peace and structural violence as they relate to issues of societal oppression, human rights, and culture. We investigate possibilities of peace, introducing students to conflict resolution literature and skills. SOSCI, Spring semester.