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2012-13 Course Catalog

Areas of Concentration / Programs: Peace, Justice and Human Rights, 2012-2013

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The interdisciplinary concentration in Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR) offers students in any major the opportunity to study the history, philosophy and critiques of the rights tradition, examine themes of human rights and justice in their local and international contexts, and apply philosophical, social scientific and ethical reasoning to real-world problems. The concentration combines three core courses with three elective courses focused on a particular theoretical problem, geographical region or comparative study. Students also learn to communicate about their studies across disciplinary boundaries and are encouraged to develop creative new perspectives on entrenched problems.

The concentration is open to students in any major who wish to focus on topics such as:

  • human rights and critical rights discourse (universalism, localism, relativism, formal equality, group and special rights categories, individual and state responsibility, critiques of the rights tradition)
  • recovery from conflict and mass violence (reconciliation, restorative justice, reparations, truth commissions, cultural renewal, legal mechanisms)
  • war, conflict, peace-keeping and peace-making (weapons, conflict resolution, just war, sustainable peace)
  • globalization and global governance (sovereignty, trade and capital, global justice, international economic institutions, technology, the media, immigration)
  • politics of life (medicine/health, the environment)
  • space and the built environment (links between rights, social justice and the building of urban spaces, policing urban areas, the urban poor)
  • technology and politics (technology and media, weaponry).

The above fields are not intended as tracks or limitations. The list of topics will be as long as the creativity of students and faculty will allow.

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Concentration Director, Banu Nilgun Uygun

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Students meet with the director in the spring of their sophomore year to work out a plan for the concentration. All concentrators are required to take three core courses: PEAC 101 (Introduction to PJHR), PEAC 201 (Applied Ethics of PJHR) and PEAC 395 (Capstone Seminar in PJHR). Alternate courses may on occasion fulfill a core requirement.


Students are also required to take three additional elective courses for the concentration. They choose these courses in consultation with the Concentration Director, working out a plan that focuses the concentration regionally, conceptually or around a particular substantive problem. A course need not appear on an existing list of electives or have "peace" or "justice" in its title to count toward the concentration. The aim is to articulate a focus that helps each student pursue her or his interests in PJHR.

Concentrations are meant to overlap with students' majors: ideally two courses overlap with the major, though the degree of overlap may vary. Each student works with the Concentration Director to devise a plan of study that is appropriate to his or her focus.


We encourage students to undertake an internship, research project, or other form of field learning as part of their concentration. This helps students face the challenges of integrating data and theory into original analyses.

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Peace, Justice and Human Rights Core Courses

101 Intro to Peace, Justice and Human Rights SO)

B. Uygun
This is an introduction to the study of peace, justice and human rights, surveying philosophies of rights and justice; approaches to (and reasons for) peace, war, and nonviolence; clashes between human rights and conflict resolution; and why the study of human rights is necessarily interdisciplinary. Lottery preference goes to PJHR Concentrators then to freshmen, sophomores.

202 Forgiveness, Mourning, and Mercy in Law and Politics HU (Cross-listed in Philosophy)

This is an examination of the possibilities and limits of forgiveness, apology and mercy in politics, and the role mourning plays in recovery from violence, focusing on historic and contemporary instances of forgiveness, mercy and apology, as well as philosophical approaches to recovery from violence. Does not count toward the major.

229 Latino Politics in the U.S. (A,T) SO (Cross-listed in Political Science, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

This course examines the political thought and practice of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S., as well as the ways in which ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class affect the quest for economic and political empowerment. Prerequisite: One political science course or the instructor’s consent.

249 Colonialism, Law, Human Rights in Africa SO (Cross-listed in Anthropology and African and Africana Studies)

This course examines the colonial legacies of contemporary discourses of human rights and development as they are relevant in contemporary global politics. By taking an historical approach to the idea of rights, we make connections between sovereignty, the rule of law and the rights of citizenship. We use a critical eye to explore the conditions of possibility that allow states, development organizations, donor agencies and individuals to unwittingly reproduce centuries-old tropes of poverty, degradation and helplessness of non-Western peoples. Using historical descriptions of the encounters between Europeans and Africans in West Africa and South Africa, we unpack assumptions about African societies. We also explore liberalism, its connections to British colonialism and its contemporary incarnations. Prerequisite: One course relating to Africa, African politics or African literature.

Advanced Topics in Peace, Justice and Human Rights HU

This course focuses on a historical or contemporary problem in the field of Peace, Justice and Human Rights, allowing students to engage in close study and research. Does not count toward the major. Prerequisite: PEAC 101 or 201, or the instructor’s consent.

301 Advanced Inquiry in Peace, Justice and Human Rights SO

B. Uygun
This course conducts focused social scientific inquiry in the field of Peace, Justice and Human Rights. Does not count toward the major. Prerequisite: PEAC 101 or 201, or the instructor’s consent.

302 Topics in Philosophy of Law. Topic for 2011-12: The Rule of Law in Political Reconciliation HU (Cross-listed in Philosophy)

Prerequisite: One 200-level Philosophy course and Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

305 Political Technologies of Race and the Body SO (Cross-listed in History and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

This course examines the technologies, ideologies, and material strategies that have created and specified human beings as racialized and gendered subjects in the U.S. Readings cover biopolitics, disability studies, material culture, histories of disease, medicine, violence and industrialization. In our discussions and research, we aim to decode the production of "reality" at its most basic and molecular level. Open to students with sophomore standing or above.

334 Politics of Violence (C) SO (Cross-listed in Political Science and Peace, Conflict and Social Justice Studies)

This course examines the evolution, the nature and the causes of violent, intra-state conflict. We pay attention to assessing alternative explanations that include the fear and insecurity provoked by failing states, resource scarcity and the spread of infectious disease and/or a manipulative and self-serving leadership. This course places these conflicts in the context of writings about collective violence, revolutions and genocide and asks about the contribution and the responsibility of the international community to resolving civil strife. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or the instructor’s consent.

350 Social and Cultural Theory: Crime and Punishment in the Age of Globalization SO (Cross-listed in Anthropology)

This course examines the intersections of money, love and intimacy in the context of contemporary global capitalism. Cases include sex work, care work (e.g. nannies, maids, etc.), new reproductive technologies, organ sales/trafficking, and transnational adoption. Prerequisite: ANTH 303. Offered occasionally.

395 Capstone in Peace, Justice and Human Rights HU

J. Stauffer
This capstone course consolidates student experience of a program that integrates scholarship, theory, library and field research, and policy perspectives. It incorporates research assignments, collaboration, a conference presentation and a dossier on student work in the concentration. Does not count toward the major. Prerequisite: Concentration in PJHR. PEAC 101 and 201 or the instructor’s consent.

Peace, Justice and Human Rights Courses

The courses below offer a partial listing of courses that may count towards the concentration. Because the concentration in interdisciplinary and open to new ideas, a listing of courses will never cover every possible combination. Contact the concentration’s director, Jill Stauffer, for further course recommendations or to suggest courses to add to this list.


PEAC H101 Intro to Peace, Justice and Human Rights
POLS B111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
PEAC H201 Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice and Human Rights
PEAC H202 Forgiveness, Mourning, and Mercy in Law and Politics
PEAC H300 Advanced Topics in Peace, Justice and Human Rights (Humanities Seminar)
PEAC H301 Advanced Inquiry in Peace, Justice and Human Rights (Social Science Seminar)
PEAC H302 Topics in Philosophy of Law
PEAC H395 Capstone Course in Peace, Justice and Human Rights


ANTH B206 Conflict and Conflict Management: A cross-cultural approach
ANTH H249 Colonialism, Law and Human Rights in Africa
ANTH H252 State and Development in South Asia
ANTH H261 Memory, History, Autobiography
ANTH H263 Architecture and Space
ANTH H315 Human Rights, Gender and Knowledge
ANTH H350 Social and Cultural Theory


COML B211 Primo Levi, Holocaust and Aftermath
COML H322 Politics of Memory in Latin America


BIOL H301 Genetic Analysis
BIOL H308 Immunology


CHEM H 261 Environmental Chemistry


ECON H 100 The Economics of Public Policy
ECON H 220 Economics of Immigration
ECON H 224 Women and the Labor Market


ENGL H211 Intro to Postcolonial Literature
ENGL H343 Transatlantic Exchanges


FREN H312 Le Genocide Rwandais


HIST H209 Modern Latin America
HIST H227 Statecraft and Selfhood in Early Modern Europe
HIST H240 History and Principles of Quakerism
HIST B287 Immigration in the U.S.
HIST H310 Political Technologies of Race and Body
HIST B325 Topics in Social History: Radical Movements
HIST H347 War and Warriors in Chinese History


ICPR H221 Epidemiology and Global Health.
ICPR H281 Violence and Public Health
ICPR H301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism
ICPR H302 Bodies of Injustice
ICPR H310 Restorative Justice


PHIL B225 Global Ethical Issues
PHIL H257 Critical Approaches to Ethical Theory
PHIL H302 Topics in Philosophy of Law
PHIL B344 Development Ethics


POLS H151 International Politics
POLS H161 Politics of Globalization
POLS H171 Democratic Authority
POLS H232 Peace Building
POLS H235 African Politics
POLS H242 Women in War and Peace
POLS H252 Human Rights and Global Politics
POLS H266 Sovereignty
POLS B283 Modern Middle East and North Africa
POLS H345 Islam, Democracy and Development
POLS H229 Latino Politics in the U.S. (Cross-listed in Peace, Justice And Human Rights)
POLS H334 Politics of Violence (Cross-listed in Peace, Justice And Human Rights)
POLS H370 Topics in Political Theory (Cross-listed in Peace, Justice And Human Rights)


RELG H264 Religion and Violence
RELG H266 Religion, Nonviolence and the Meaning of Peace


SOCL B205 Social Inequality
SOCL H235 Class, Race and Education
SOCL B354 Comparative Social Movements

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