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Peace and Conflict Studies: 2009-2010

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The goal of the Bi-College concentration is to present a range of social science theories and methods relevant to explaining human conflict and cooperation in settings ranging from local small communities to the international system.

The concentration is composed of a six-course cluster centering around conflict and cooperation within and between nations. Of these six courses, no more than three may be in the student's major. The peace and conflict studies concentration draws upon the long-standing interest in war, conflict and peacemaking, and social justice, as well as questions derived from work in the fields of anthropology, economics, history, political science, philosophy, social psychology and sociology. It draws on these fields for theoretical understandings of matters such as bargaining, social, economic and political sources of conflict, cooperative and competitive strategies of negotiation, intergroup relations, social justice, human rights, post-conflict peacemaking and the role of institutions in conflict management.

Students meet with the coordinator in the spring of their sophomore year to work out a plan for the concentration. All concentrators are required to take three core courses: the introductory course, POLS 111 (offered as ICPR 111 at Haverford); either POLS 206 or ANTH 322; and POLS 347. It is advised that concentrators complete at least two of these three courses by the end of their junior year.

Students are required to take three additional courses chosen in consultation with the coordinator, working out a plan that focuses this second half of their concentration regionally, conceptually or around a particular substantive problem. These courses might include international conflict and resolution; ethnic conflict in general or in a specific region of the world (e.g., South Africa, the Middle East, Northern Ireland); a theoretical approach to the field, such as nonviolence, bargaining or game theory; an applied problem, such as reducing violence among youth, minority-majority relations, the arts and peacemaking, community mediation or post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation.


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Coordinator Marc Howard Ross, Political Science
Visiting Assistant Professor Tamara Neuman
Assistant Professor Jill Stauffer, Philosophy, Haverford

Haverford College's contribution to the Bi-Co program is currently being formulated. Interested parties should contact the director, Jill Stauffer, for more details at

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  • ANTH B111/POLS B111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
    ANTH B200/HIST B200 The Atlantic World: Indians, Europeans, and Africans
    ANTH B206/POLS B206 Conflict and Conflict Management: A Cross-cultural Approach
    ANTH B235/POLS B235 Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
    ANTH B347/POLS B347 Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Utopias, Dystopias, and Peace
    HIST B126 Immigration and Ethnicity
    POLS B141 Introduction to International Politics
    POLS B316 The Politics of Ethnic, Racial, and National Groups
    POLS B358/PSYCH B358 The Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict


  • H286 Arts of the Possible: Literature and Social Justice Movements
    HIST H240 History and Principles of Quakerism
    ICPR H111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
    ICPR H281 Violence and Public Health
    ICPRH 301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism
    POLS H151 International Politics
    POLS H235 African Politics
    POLS H242 Women in War and Peace
    POLS 256 The Evolution of the Jihadi Movement
    POLS 357 Conflict in the Middle East
    POLS 358 The War on Terrorism
    SOCL H235 Class, Race, and Education
    ANTH H249B Rights, Law, Africa
    ANTH H209A Anthropology of Education
    ANTH H204 Anthropology of Gender

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