CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION: THEORY & PRACTICE
An exploration of theories and practices of conflict transformation in a range of settings and locations. The course examines interpersonal and structural dynamics of conflict, building skills to work effectively with individuals and small groups and studying attempts to end cycles of violence, revenge and trauma at the national and international level. We investigate our own assumptions about conflict, the potency of cultural and religious differences, the complexities of intervention and the possibility of transformation. We consider the role of curiosity, creativity, and the moral imagination in peacebuilding. Students acquire beginning level skills in mediation and gain practical experience mediating low-stakes conflicts.