Peace and Social Justice Studies Concentration

Students will:

  1. Define, categorize and utilize diverse concepts of non-violence, peace and social justice within the context of international and interpersonal conflict situations.
  2. Explore and articulate the interdependence of ecosystems, cultures, nations and peoples.
  3. Identify and describe realities of violence and injustice in global economic and political systems and explore non-violent alternatives.
  4. Articulate non-violence as a philosophical concept and demonstrate knowledge of non-violence as a strategy of social transformation.
  5. Examine the dynamics of specific conflicts, identifying the political, social, racial, ethnic, national, economic, environmental, and/or religious dimensions that define and shape them.
  6. Examine and critically evaluate the ethical theories that address peace, non-violence and social justice.
  7. Identify and describe social pressures exerted upon us in areas such as deviance, prejudice, and conformity and /or identify and describe contemporary social problems that arise because of norms, systems of stratification, and the failure of social institutions to fulfill their functions.
  8. Apply course content and interpersonal skills necessary to build and maintain effective social relationships and to become an active participant in our society.
  9. Develop strategies for peaceful resolution of conflicts internationally, in their local communities, and in their personal lives.
  10. Develop skills for peaceful resolution of conflict through role play, debates, field trips, service learning, modern language learning, use of appropriate intercultural communication skills, international field study experiences, and internships in peace and social justice organizations.