CONF 340: Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution

CONF 340-K02: Global Conflict Analysis/Resol
(Spring 2023)

09:00 AM to 11:40 AM F

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

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Section Information for Spring 2023

Welcome to Mason Korea and CONF 340! This is a Mason Core Course and satisfies the Global Understanding requirement.

After the end of the Cold War, many scholars believed that there would no longer be large international or global conflicts. However, this seems not to be the case.

CONF 340 covers complex conflicts at a global level, introducing and reviewing macro conflict resolution theories on international and global violence and conflict. To do so, we will be drawing on literature from a variety of disciplines including international relations, political science, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution. The course will look at the impact of globalization and structures, and under what conditions globalization processes may promote peace or may cause or exacerbate old conflicts and lead to the emergence of new ones. Finally, this course will develop your ability to explore and compare the different methods of understanding and more effectively responding to violent conflicts through prevention, management, settlement, transformation, and/or resolution while evaluating peacebuilding opportunities.

CONF 340, like the CAR field, will be examined through the integrated lenses of theory, research, and practice (also known as intervention). This interactive course will use seminar-style discussions of the readings and include group projects, presentations, movies, and games.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Why is conflict more likely to occur in some places and times and not others? Why do certain groups use violence against civilians more than others? What connects local and global challenges? How can communities devastated by violence build peace? In this course you will examine globalization and structural causes of conflict and analyze the circumstances that aggravate old conflicts or lead to the emergence of new ones. You will also explore the conditions that promote peace and different methods of conflict intervention and resolution in international conflicts. Global conflict may involve sovereign states, international and non-government organizations, non-state armed groups, crime syndicates, and nonviolent protest movements; you will examine the roles these play in both conflict and peace. This course will develop your ability to compare and apply major approaches to understanding the origins of global conflicts and critically evaluate opportunities for peacebuilding. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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