UT Dallas 2022 Undergraduate Catalog

PSCI4334 - Approaches to Peace

PSCI 4334 Approaches to Peace (3 semester credit hours) This course offers an introductory survey of the various approaches to peace. It begins by looking at the problem of violence and war from a variety of perspectives. The two main sections of the course are then organized according to the major distinction between "negative peace" (the absence of war or violence - conflict management) and "positive peace" (justice, dispute resolution, reconciliation - conflict resolution). Mechanisms to achieve both kinds of peace are explored, with special attention to their underlying assumptions about human behavior and their limitations. Although the focus is primarily directed to the international level, applications to the national and local levels are occasionally referenced as well. (3-0) R