CONF 210: Theories of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

CONF 210-K01: Theories Conflict & Resolution
(Spring 2023)

01:00 PM to 03:40 PM F

Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G302

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Section Information for Spring 2023

Welcome to George Mason University Korea and CONF 210! Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) seeks to incorporate theory, research, and practice as a set of multidimensional tools to help understand, transform and resolve conflicts and issues at every level of society. This task is inherently complex, dynamic, and interdisciplinary.  Although CONF 210 helps build on many skills learned in CONF 101, it can be taken by anyone and is open to all majors.

CONF 210 draws on a vast number of theories from a variety of fields located in both the social sciences and humanities such as psychology, sociology, international retaliations, political science, diplomacy, ADR, economics, culture, and language. As you will learn, theories are generalizations about how the world works and why and how behavior occurs under certain circumstances. Theories also provide us with a common language for analyzing and helping to understand and resolve complex conflicts. However, all theories are inherently imperfect in their accounting of human behavior and perhaps at times, even flawed. Thus, we must think critically in the application of theories with cultural understanding in order to gain in-depth knowledge of conflicts and then contribute to the advancement of new conflict theories.

During this course, students will be able to create and present on their own new theories!

This course, like the CAR fields, 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, movies, and games.

The course will roughly consist of five parts: (I) overview of theories and foundation (II) theories of social change; (III) theories of human nature; (IV) theories of society, culture, identity, and meaning-making; and (V) future of conflict and conflict resolution theories.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Students will utilize critical thinking and analytical skills to begin an in-depth examination of the major theories of conflict analysis and resolution. Theories and case studies will include root causes and dynamics of conflict and methods of conflict analysis and resolution. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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