06:00 PM to 08:40 PM R
Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G304
Section Information for Fall 2022
Welcome to Mason Korea and CONF 101, Conflicts and our World! This is a Mason Core Course and satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) is a relatively new and exciting hybrid academic field that incorporates many ideas drawn from the study
of such disciplines as psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, law, diplomacy, and political science to name a few. Conflicts are natural phenomena in human beings’ lives and can be healthy and nonviolent or destructive and violently. Moreover, conflicts occur at all levels of society: between individuals, groups, institutions and even at the state and international levels. CONF 101 is a foundation course and provides an introduction to CAR. It is especially designed for students interested in understanding and helping to resolve complex conflicts in our society. As an introduction, this course is deliberately broad as later courses cover specific conflict issues in greater depth. Also, the concepts, theories and tools learned in this course can be applied to conflicts and social issues around the world from personal disagreements to international conflicts. The course includes an overview of the field; origins and causes of conflict; how to map a conflict; and strategies for resolving a conflict. Key questions that will be explored include: What is conflict? What are the causes/roots of conflict? Why do individuals make certain choices in situations of conflict? What are some of the major models and approaches used to help understand and resolve conflicts? CONF 101, like the CAR field, will be examined through the integrated lenses of theory, research and practice (also known as intervention). This is also an interactive course that will use seminar style discussions of the readings and will include group projects, presentations, documentaries and simulations.