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PJS - Peace and Justice Studies

PJS 101 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies

Service Learning Component.

Course Description: This course is designed as an introduction to peace and justice studies. It will equip the student with nonviolent and democratic strategies for creating and maintaining "cultures of peace" at home, in the school, in the community and in the world at large.

Course Rotation: PL: Spring.

3 credits

PJS 203 Nonviolence: Theory and Practice

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V. This is a writing-enhanced course.

Course Description: Are ideas really more powerful than weapons? Why was the Arab Spring in Egypt successful but the Saffron Revolution in Burma a failure? This class examines several prominent nonviolence theorists including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez and the way in which their ideas continue to shape social movements today. The class also investigates a variety of practices that have been used to create nonviolent social change including civil disobedience, noncooperation, boycotts, sanctions, street theatre, marches, rallies, social media organizing, digital resistance and accompaniment.

3 credits

PJS 250 Working Through Conflict: Mediation, Negotiation and Facilitation

Course Description: This class provides a foundation for both theory and skills development in three different basic conflict resolution areas: negotiation, mediation and facilitation.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

PJS 296A Topic: The UN as an Instrument of Peace

Course Description: This course will highlight the practical work that the United Nations is doing throughout the world in assuaging human suffering, and in peacekeeping and peace building. Among the topics covered will be the role of the UN in creating and enforcing international law, and in peacekeeping, as well as the work of the various UN agencies such as The United Nations' Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The contributions of the non-governmental organizations (NGO's) attached to the UN and their work in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and world peace will also be discussed.

3 credits

PJS 296B Topics: Women Activists for Peace and Justice

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I (Civic Engagement and Public Values). This is a service learning course.

Course Description: This course will explore the role of women in peacemaking and social activism throughout the world. Using the social change and empowerment frameworks, students will learn about the interdisciplinary nature of peace, viewing it from educational, social, economic, religious, health, and political perspectives. They will also examine the tools used in fostering peace on both a small and large scale, including nonviolent communication, appreciative inquiry, and nonviolent resistance. Finally, students will integrate service and learning by engaging in a community-based experience designed to promote awareness of, and action for, peace.

Coure Rotation: PL: Spring.

3 credits

PJS 301 Humanitarianism and International Aid Work

Course Description: Many students are interested in international work or volunteering for NGOs abroad. What does it mean to "do good work overseas"? This class analyzes and explores humanitarianism and international peace-building and development work. What does it mean to be an aid worker? What are the ethics and best practices required to work in challenging environments during a conflict or disaster?

3 credits

PJS 350 Advanced Peace and Justice Studies

Course Description: This advanced course provides the student chance to deepen examination of variety of theories and applications within the field of peace and justice studies. This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to peace and justice studies by drawing on insights and analysis from the fields of political science, international relations, criminal justice, psychology, literature, environmental studies, gender studies, economics, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, the fine arts and others. The class is interactive, participatory and driven by both student interest and emerging trends in the field. Using a variety of teaching techniques including readings, lectures, class discussions, games, case studies, role plays, training exercises and a simulations, the students examine a range of pertinent issues in peace and justice and evaluate the relative strengths and disadvantages of a variety of skills and techniques. Course Rotation: Fall

3 credits


PJS 101 Minimum Grade of C

PJS 393 Internship in Peace and Justice Studies

Course Description:This internship gives students practical experience working with organizations engaged in work related to peace and justice studies.
Course Rotation:NY;Spring

3 credits


PJS 101 Minimum Grade of D

PJS 395 Independent Study in Peace and Justice Studies

Course Description:This course gives students an opportunity to pursue advanced and/or specialized courses in peace and Justice studies that are not part of the regular course offerings under the mentorship of a Pace faculty member.
Course Rotation:NY:Spring

3 credits