As noted in the UNESCO Charter, war begins in the minds of people.
By extension, peace must also begin in the minds of people. This
course will examine the psychological processes that lead to war
or peace, defined broadly to include not only the absence of war
but also the creation of an equitable, just, sustainable social
order. The course will challenge students to analyze the connections
between individual and systematic processes and to think in an informed,
critical manner in regard to psychological issues of peace. The
course will examine topics such as positive and negative peace,
peacemaking and peace building, ethnic conflict, misperceptions
in international conflict, the psychology of negotiation and meditation,
peace education, gender and peace, psychology and human rights,
peace activism, and mental health in global context.
PSYC 200 and PSYC 201